Why 24 hours to activate an AMBER alert?

News 13 March, 2018
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    Tuesday, 13 march 2018, 16:29

    Tuesday, 13 march 2018, 16:29

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    The disappearance of the young Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, from Monday to Ahuntsic-Cartierville, raises many questions about the process of issuing an AMBER alert. In the case of the young man of 10 years, the authorities have waited 24 hours before running the alert.

    In an interview Tuesday afternoon at the issue 100%, Laurent Gingras of the SPVM explained why investigators have sent the alert on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s been over 24 hours that we are without any news from the 10-year old boy (…) and we are in winter, so the circumstances in which it might evolve to the outside world are difficult,” he explained.

    Triggering an AMBER alert is subject to certain conditions, according to the provinces.

    According to the canadian Centre for child protection the basic criteria to activate an AMBER alert are :

    ► The child must be under 18 years of age;

    ► The authorities suspect that the child has been removed;

    ► The child is in imminent danger;

    ► It has information to communicate to help locate the child or the abductor (e.g. description of the child, the suspect or the vehicle driven by the abductor).

    These criteria may differ depending on the case.

    Any person who sees him or who has any information to pass on about this disappearance must communicate without delay with the 911 or Info-Crime Montreal at 514-393-1133.