(QldGovSpin) Queensland police investigate a new way to fight child abductions

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 10/08/2004 - 14:48

The Queensland Police Service is investigating the introduction of an Amber Alert system to protect children from abduction, the Minister for Police and Corrective Services, Judy Spence, said today.

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Police & Corrective Services, Judy Spence
police@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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06/08/04

"Amber Alerts certainly have merit and I have asked the police to immediately look at how we can operate such an initiative in this State," Ms Spence said.

"Amber Alerts were introduced in the United States in 1997 after nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bike in Texas and later found murdered.

"If police in the United States believe a child has been abducted, the media breaks into normal transmission and broadcasts details about the child, where they were last seen and any other important information.

"Our police also rely heavily on the media and the general public in preventing and solving crime, and the Premier and I believe we should introduce a similar system in Queensland without delay.

"I expect to take a submission to Cabinet within the next three months on how it will work.

"That will form the basis of my submission to the Australasian Police Ministers' Council meeting in November, where I will also seek national support."

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