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Kevin Hardwick - District 10

Amber Alerts to appear on all County owned cell phones, Republican Caucus proudly supports action

All Erie County owned cell phones will soon help locate missing children. The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution during its May 20 session directing the Erie County Director of Information and Support Services to coordinate the enrollment of more than 500 County owned wireless devices with Wireless Amber Alerts.

In the event an Amber Alert is released, all users of a County cell phone would immediately receive important information and details about the missing child and the suspect. By getting the information to more people, efforts to find the missing child would be greatly improved. Statistics show the first three hours after a child's abduction are most critical to recovery efforts.

The Erie County Republican Caucus cosponsored the resolution which will help law enforcement agencies efforts when searching for missing or abducted children. The members also encourage residents in their districts to sign up to receive free Amber Alerts on their cell phones.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children distributes Amber Alerts at no charge to wireless subscribers who opt in to receive the text messages on their wireless devices. Currently, the Erie County Sheriff's Department participates in the New York State Amber Alert program to instantly notify the entire area when a child is abducted in Erie County.

The Erie County Republican Caucus asks cell phone owners to sign up to receive wireless alerts of child abductions in the Erie County area by logging onto www.wirelessamberalerts.org.

"In cases of missing children the number of people searching is crucial and greatly improves the chances of that child being found safe," Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Grand Island, said. "By the County requiring Amber Alerts on cell phones we increase those chances and protect the youth in our community."

For more information, call Legislator Hardwick at 873-3438 or e-mail Kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.

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