Sep 04 2003

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES AMBER ALERT FUNDING

Appropriations Bill Includes $20 Million for Program

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government announced approval of funding for the nationwide Amber Alert program.

The America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Program was launched in the Fall of 2001 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to assist cities and towns across the United States in alerting the public to look for a missing child or suspect. The program was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year old girl from Arlington, Texas who was kidnapped and murdered.

The $20 million appropriation for the Amber Alert program will provide grants to States for the development or enhancement of notification or communications systems along highways for alerts or other information for the recovery of abducted children.

“I am pleased to include this important funding in our legislation,” said Senator Shelby. “The Amber Alert program has proven to be a crucial tool in the recovery of missing children. Amber Alert programs have been implemented in 46 states and, to date, have resulted in 99 safe recoveries of missing children.”