Time for an Amber Alert

 Very sad and shocking was the news regarding the sexual assault and murder of Keyana Cumberbatch. 

Recent outbursts, well-intentioned and justifiable as they may be, are not the required approach needed for this particular situation. Berating this Government in anticipation that it would awaken from its self-imposed coma on this topic is an effort in futility.  I wish to suggest a more sober, practical and feasible approach. For example, the implementation of initiatives that can assist law enforcement agencies and the family/community of the abductee in their efforts so that the next time something like this happens the outcome may not be as tragic. 

One such initiative that could be implemented is a child abduction alert bulletin system similar to the Amber Alert that is used in the US and Canada, as well as other countries. 

Amber Alert is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an Amber Alert is to instantly galvanise the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child.

Such a programme can be distributed via our commercial radio stations, television stations, cable TV, cell phones, as well as via e-mail, social media sites and electronic billboards along our roadways. Obviously the system would need to be tweaked to fit T&T’s unique socio-political peculiarities. 

Corey M Selvon

Maracas St Joseph 

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