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Facebook adds AMBER Alert feed

Jan 14, 2015 11:15 am
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Siobhan Barton is reporting in the Register Star Facebook announced Tues., Jan. 13, users will now see America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response alerts in their news feeds, a product of its new partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Effective immediately, users will see AMBER Alerts based on their proximity to locations police have targeted for missing person searches. It is hoped the collaboration will widen the audience of people who could aid in the identification of a missing or kidnapped person. Robert Lopez, director of Columbia County 911, says taking advantage of the 185 million Facebook users nationwide is an “awesome” idea. Approximately 11 children are reported missing to 911 each year in Columbia County, officials said. Most are not missing as a result of kidnapping. The new alerts will feature the name, description and photograph of the missing person, along with a license plate number and suspected abductor. The AMBER Alert program was started 20 years ago. Read the full story in the Register Star.
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