KBI Issues Statement on AMBER Alert Review

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation earlier this week issued a statement regarding the review of the Kansas AMBER Alert program.

The Kansas AMBER Alert program, coordinated by the KBI, is a vitally important tool to aid in the safe return of abducted children. The KBI recognizes that the program must operate with the greatest efficiency possible.

Since the program’s launch in 2002, 35 AMBER alerts have been issued. Of these alerts, 12 were activated at the request of other states in regard to cases occurring in their jurisdictions. Kansas issued the remaining 23 alerts which involved 29 children. All of these children were located safe.

Use of the AMBER Alert program to assist in locating Kansas abducted children is increasing. So far this year, the KBI has issued eight AMBER alerts, which is more than four times the prior annual average.

It is the KBI’s practice to complete a review of each AMBER Alert in an effort to continually improve the success of AMBER Alert operations. Today, Attorney General Derek Schmidt requested a more comprehensive review of the entire AMBER Alert program. The KBI shares the Attorney General’s commitment to the safety of Kansas children and looks forward to working with its partners to review and strengthen the AMBER Alert program.

Updated: December 9, 2016 — 6:25 pm
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