Gov. Fletcher Activates Kentucky's New AMBER Alert Portal
Gov. Ernie Fletcher officially activated the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s new AMBER Alert Portal at the Kentucky Speedway on Aug. 14, 2005. The ceremony was held immediately before the start of the AMBER Alert Portal System 300 Indy Racing League race. In the past, the state’s kidnapping alert network was only capable of broadcasting messages to TV, radio and electronic highway signs. The expanded portal can still do that, but is now also capable of broadcasting to cell phones, beepers, Personal Digital Assistants, e-mail, computer desktops and lottery terminals, among others.
It’s imperative that law enforcement officers are equipped with the best tools when it comes to search and rescue efforts for kidnapped children,” said Gov. Fletcher. “We’re proud to add the nation’s most sophisticated AMBER Alert system to that effort.”
The portal is provided to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the AMBER Alert Portal Consortium, a public/private partnership deploying a state-by-state alert system linking law enforcement and citizens in the common goal of rescuing kidnapped children. Kentucky will be the first state in the nation to roll out the consortium’s new AMBER Alert Child ID Kits, comprised of CDs or USB key chains holding a digital photograph and a description of the child. In the event of a kidnapping, a parent or guardian can give the kit to law enforcement officials who will then rapidly disseminate the child’s information to the public.
“I’m calling on the citizens of Kentucky to help ensure the safety of every child in our state by signing up for AMBER Alerts,” said Gov. Fletcher. “I’d also like to recognize the AMBER Development Group, Kentucky Speedway, GPS Industries and the members of the AMBER Alert Portal Consortium for their assistance in providing this service.”
Citizens are encouraged to sign up to receive alerts at http://www.KentuckyAMBERAlert.com. A public awareness campaign, including radio and TV public service ads featuring Gov. Fletcher, was distributed to broadcast outlets after the portal activation.
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