July 23, 2014 – A mobile AMBER Alert app for iPhone and Android devices that was developed by the Montreal police, the Sûreté du Québec (provincial police), and the RCMP will send out notifications to users in real time - as soon as a child is reported missing.
App users will receive notifications in the vicinity where the child was abducted using ‘geolocation’ technology.
The app is available only in French but they are currently working on an English counterpart.
To receive AMBER Alert notifications, users are required to sign on and download the app.
When a Child is Abducted SECONDS COUNT
The first few hours following the disappearance of a child are crucial. The participation of the public is indispensable in the success of AMBER Alerts. Spreading the information as quickly as possible to as many people as possible is critical to the safe return of a child.
AMBER Alert empowers communities to work cooperatively with law enforcement and the media to increase the safety of our children. The information that you provide to police may help an abducted child before it is too late.
If You See Someone or Something That Relates to an AMBER Alert
When you are aware of an AMBER Alert and see someone or something that relates to the description posted, make a note of the following critical information when calling the police:
- The accurate time and specific location you spotted the abducted child, suspect or suspect’s vehicle including the mode of transportation used
- The licence plate number including the make, model and colour of the vehicle
- The physical description of the child and suspect including the clothes they are wearing
- The direction the child and suspect travelled to
- Any other information that you think is pertinent to the abduction
The next child that AMBER Alert helps could be someone you know or someone your children know. Do the right thing for all the right reasons.
For more highly detailed information on AMBER Alerts, please click here.