Amber Alerts and
Levi's Calls have helped rescue thousands of children.
There is a criteria to issuing a Amber Alert and the
Albany 911 center plays a big part in those alerts.
When a call comes in that a child's been abducted, or is
missing, police are initial responders.
"They submit their
report to their sergeant or lieutenant. They have it signed off to be
submitted to the GBI, so the Georgia Crime Information center can create and
Amber Alert," said Shelia Sims, Assistant Communications Mgr., Albany 911.
Next, the information is sent out statewide, to all
agencies and 911 centers. "Once we get that information, we give it out over
the radio as a broadcast," said Sims.
Amber Alerts are updated as new details come into the
center. People reporting someone missing, needs to give officers as much
information as possible.
"They have to know the child is in danger, the child
has been abducted," said Sims.
Sims says the Albany 911 dispatchers are highly trained to
handle Amber Alerts as well as the Georgia version, known as Levi's Call.
"They know once we get the information, we give it
out as soon as possible. We hold all radio traffic, so we can give it to all
agencies," said Sims.
Sims says it also important to report someone missing
early. That will increase the chances of the person being found.
Albany 911 says they don't have to
give a lot of Amber Alerts for our area.