Amber Alerts have broader reach

December 2, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The increasing use of Amber Alerts and their dissemination across media platforms like text messages is raising questions about whether overuse may water down their effectiveness.

Two Amber Alerts issued in October were notable partly because New Mexico has used its system sparingly, with only six issued in the past decade. While it’s not always clear that alert subjects are actually in danger, State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez tells The New Mexican ( ) that cases involving crimes against children warrant special action.

“We stop the world in the state of New Mexico” in cases involving crimes against children, Gutierrez said.

The Amber Alert system began in Texas following the 1996 abduction and Login to read more

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