HARRISBURG – State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski marked today’s National Amber Alert Awareness Day by thanking partners of the state’s system for recovering abducted children and returning them to safety.
“Since Pennsylvania’s Amber Alert System was created nearly seven years ago, the joint efforts of our partners have played a direct role in safely recovering 27 abducted children who were in imminent danger,” Pawlowski said. “I commend and appreciate their efforts in protecting the commonwealth’s children.”
Partners of the system include the state police, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, PENNDOT, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, Pennsylvania Lottery Commission, the office of state Sen. Michael O’Pake of Berks County, Pennsylvania Cable and Telecommunications Association, Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, and the Outdoor Advertising Association of Pennsylvania.
“Our partners play key roles in building public awareness of the Amber Alert System, providing training to law enforcement officers who use the system, and implementing revisions in the system that result from legislative changes,” said Pawlowski.
“When the Amber Alert System is activated, the partners help get the information to the public through radio and television broadcast messages, lottery retail terminals, highway advisory signs, and e-mails. Members of the public often provide the crucial information that leads to the safe return of the children.”
National Amber Alert Day is observed on Jan. 13 in an effort to recognize the roles partner organizations play in recovering abducted children.
Pennsylvania’s Amber Alert System went online on Feb. 20, 2002.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s Amber Alert System, visit here.