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Sunday September 27, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT

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Q: What is an AMBER Alert?

Saturday August 26, 2017

When a child is abducted, seconds count. That’s why we greatly appreciate the hard work from the team at the Bureau of Criminal Identification. They’re a major reason why Utah’s Amber Alert system is one of the best in the nation.

The AMBER Alert is tested twice a year. August 26th and January 13th.  The Utah Department of Public Safety will be testing the Law Enforcement Alerting Portal (LEAP) system. This system is used as additional notification during an AMBER Alert.

“We need as many people as possible to get involved each time the AMBER Alert is activated,” says Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires. “We are committed to the Amber Alert program and grateful for the dedicated work that program coordinators puts forth to make sure these children are found safely and brought home to their families.” The exact time of the test is not given but radio stations should make an announcement when the test is initiated. TV stations are asked to announce and/or run a crawl about the test at the top of the screen. All media outlets are encouraged to post the tests on their websites. Utah has issued 46 AMBER Alerts since the plan was started on April 2, 2002.

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