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Police continue to receive complaints about Amber Alerts

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the public that calling 911 or any emergency service communication centre is not an appropriate venue to complain about AMBER Alerts.

The Ontario AMBER Alert program continues to be an instrumental tool in assisting both the public and police with locating an abducted child who may be in danger. Early Thursday morning police issued an alert for two children and their grandfather who is considered “vulnerable”. Police say as a direct result of the alert the trio was found safe.

The decision to utilize the Ontario AMBER Alert is based on established criteria, and is not taken lightly according to police. In 2019, there has been five AMBER Alerts activated. As a direct result of these Alerts, four assisted in the safe return of the child/children and one with the apprehension of a suspect.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) mandated the broadcasting industry to distribute emergency alert messages, which includes AMBER Alerts. As of April 2018, compatible wireless networks (wireless public alerting) were included in this mandate. The only option to not receive these alerts to a mobile device is to have your device turned off. However, if your device is turned off you will be unable to receive any emergency alert that may contain information of imminent danger in your area.

For more information regarding Canada’s emergency alerting system please visit the Alert Ready website.

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Pamela Vanmeer
Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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