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CHP Recognizes Amber Alert Day

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Sacramento, CA– Tomorrow, January 13th is National AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

California along with other states nationwide are recognizing this day to acknowledge the collaborative efforts and successes of the AMBER Alert program. The goal of the AMBER Alert program is to assist in the recovery of abducted children.

The program was named in memory of Amber Hagerman 15 years ago. In 1996, 9-year-old Hagerman of Arlington, Texas was abducted and later found murdered. At the time, there was no system in place to inform and alert the public of the abduction.

Today, there are AMBER Alert programs in all 50 states. California’s AMBER Alert program is coordinated by the CHP and was implemented in August 2002. To date, there have been 213 children safely recovered following 174 AMBER Alert activations in California.

“The overwhelming success of this program is the direct result of a partnership between government, law enforcement, broadcast media and the public,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Every second counts.”

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