The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.
â€śWeâ€™re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,â€ť said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. â€śThe system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.â€ť
Although there is some federal coordination of the overall AMBER Alert program, each state has its own distribution system for alerts. Washingtonâ€™s alerts are distributed by a private contractor that is in no way affected by the federal government shutdown.
Newly available in Washington are two additional alerts:
Â· Endangered Missing Person Advisories â€“ allow law enforcement to seek the publicâ€™s assistance in locating missing persons when the disappearance does not fit the criteria for an AMBER Alert.
Â· Blue Alerts â€“ provide information to the public to help locate suspects involved in assaulting or killing a police officer.
You can sign up to receive AMBER Alerts in Washington by going to www.amberalert.com. Those who sign up will also receive EMPAs and Blue Alerts.