VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. is the latest province to adopt the Amber Alert program, which helps locate abducted children using highway signs and notices at border crossings, among other things.
In the event a child is abducted in B.C., truckers will be counted on to play a role in their rescue. Ferry terminals and border crossings will display information about the missing child and digital highway signs will also be used to post the details – all within a short time following the abduction.
The program has been credited with recovering abducted children in the past.
"We committed to implement Amber Alert, as one of a number of public safety initiatives to help protect B.C. children," B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell announced. "It is a powerful system with a proven track record. When abductions occur, public awareness is a critical part of helping locate the child. Clearly all of us hope that we never have to use Amber Alert, but having it ready will help ensure police and the public can respond to abductions as quickly and effectively as possible."
The program will only be used in the most serious, time-critical child abduction cases when the victims are in danger of physical harm. It will not be used for missing adults, runaways or parental abductions. For more information visit www.bcamberalert.ca.
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