Amber Alert teams up with Facebook to reach more people faster
Half a billion Facebook members will now have access to Amber Alerts as law enforcement continues to embrace new techlogy to solve crimes. Charles Fishburne reports.
It is a new partnership between the Justice Department, Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Virginia State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty was in Washington to talk about the recent abduction and return of a Virginia girl.
Flaherty: Brittany Smith's disappearance and her search started with an Amber Alert.
Colonel Flaherty, and others, said time is always critical.
Flaherty: This outreach very quickly spread with the effective integration of social media, of the traditional media and the traditional Amber Alert emergency alert system. I can only imagine and dream what we'll be able to do now.
Facebook users can now sign up for Amber Alerts, using cutting-edge technology to advance a program that began 15 years ago today, and has so far, saved 525 abducted children.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News