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AMBER Alert Awareness Day

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Sunday is National AMBER Alert Awareness Day.

The Department of Justice declared the day to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the abduction of a young girl named Amber. That started the AMBER Alert movement.

AMBER Alert Awareness Day was created to encourage people to become involved in recovering missing children and the Washington State Patrol wants your help.

WSP said citizens participation helps when searching for a child and that's why they want you to sign-up for alerts to be sent to your phone or email.

If you register online to receive AMBER Alerts, you could help save a child's life and return them home safely.

WSP said time matters when trying to find a child and any way they can quickly get the word out about an AMBER Alert is a helpful.

"It very much helps. Like I say, the more eyes we have out there working, the quicker we can get these children back to the parents that are missing them," said Trooper Sid Grant, Washington State Patrol.

The criteria for an AMBER Alert includes the child is under 18-years-old, believed to be in danger, the alert occur within four hours of the event, a description of the child is available and it's reported and investigated by law enforcement.

WSP encourages people to sign-up for AMBER Alerts on amberalert.com and call 9-1-1 if you ever see an abducted child.

You can also sign-up for our breaking news emails and we'll send you the latest information on AMBER Alerts, as well.

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