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State now issuing Amber Alerts via Twitter, Kansas AG’s Office says

By The Herald Staff | 1/15/2014

TOPEKA — Kansans now can receive Amber Alerts about missing children on Twitter.

“When a child is missing, the public’s assistance is crucial to returning the child safely,” Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, said Tuesday in a news release. “Social media provides us a new way to get information out quickly to the public in the event of an Amber Alert.”

TOPEKA — Kansans now can receive Amber Alerts about missing children on Twitter.

“When a child is missing, the public’s assistance is crucial to returning the child safely,” Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, said Tuesday in a news release. “Social media provides us a new way to get information out quickly to the public in the event of an Amber Alert.”

A new Twitter account — @AMBERAlert — was launched this week in conjunction with National Amber Alert Awareness Day, the release said. The account, managed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, will provide information on all Amber Alerts issued nationwide.

Kansans also can receive Amber Alerts on Facebook by liking the Kansas Amber Alert page at www.facebook.com/AmberAlertKS

The Kansas Amber Alert system is coordinated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The Amber Alert program, named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases, the release said. Since its inception in 1996, the program has successfully brought 679 children home safely. In Kansas, 23 children have been safely returned since 2002, the release said.

For more information, visit www.ag.ks.gov/amber-alert

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