Agencies say Amber Alert system could improve - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Agencies say Amber Alert system could improve

The agencies that use the Amber Alert say it is effective but could be better.

If you saw the alert that crawled across your TV on Saturday you only got sketchy information.

You'll have to do some work to get more information.

Have you ever seen this running across the screen of your television... an amber alert letting viewers know a child has been abducted...on some channels the audio is interrupted. This message ran on Saturday after a suspected child abduction in Dyersburg.

"It is just a simple message for us to put over our radio network in partnership with law enforcement agencies," says Richard Okulski of the National Weather Service.

The message seems like a warning about weather because the alert is sent out by the The National Weather service...you are instructed to turn to channel 15 if you are watching certain cable channels for more information.

Like a weather alert you can also turn to a local t.v. Station where you can get more information and possibly a picture of the missing child...

Sgt. Len Edwards who runs the commission on Missing and Exploited children says the people need more places to turn to for information.

Sgt. Len Edwards with the commission on Missing and Expolited children says,"I'm having my web site redesigned so that in these situations all they can do is go to our web site click the link and bang there's the amber alert of everything you need."

Currently most states call the alert an amber alert but Arkansas uses a different name. Edwards says it needs to uniform all states so people don't get confused.

Sergeant Edwards says one of the biggest obstacles to the Amber Alert is that the information may not get out quickly enough.

That could happen because the parents don't notify police quickly enough.

In the Dyersburg case, the alert didn't go out across the state until several hours after the children were missing.

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