President Cortizo sanctions law that creates the AMBER Alert System
By law, a committee is created that must implement, coordinate, define, execute, control and evaluate the actions of the AMBER Alert System.
President Laurentino Cortizo sanctioned Law 230 of June 24, 2021 that creates the AMBER Alert System, for the quick and expeditious location of the disappearance or abduction of minors.
The law creates the National Committee of the Alert System for the Disappearance or Abduction of Minors, which will have among its functions to implement, coordinate, define, execute, control and evaluate the actions of the AMBER Alert System.
It must also establish the coordination mechanisms between public and private institutions, as well as the action protocol in the event of a possible abduction or disappearance of minors, coordinate the activation, updating and deactivation of the alert.
In addition, a web page is created with information on minors reported as abducted or missing, to establish an alert and facilitate their search and recovery.
This committee will be made up of representatives of the Ministry of Government, the Ministry of Security, the Public Ministry, the Ministry of Labor Development, the Panamanian Chamber of Private Security, the National Migration Service, the National Public Services Authority and a representative of the media. communication.
According to the document, to issue an AMBER Alert, the abducted, disappeared, abducted or kidnapped victim must be under 18 years of age, that there are reasonable indications of disappearance, that there is sufficient data on the disappeared and that there is consent for the issuance of the alert on the part of the person who has parental authority or legal guardianship of the minor.
The AMBER Alert must be decreed from the moment the news of the disappearance, abduction, abduction or kidnapping is received.
The law states that the duration of the dissemination of the AMBER Alert cannot be less than five hours nor more than 24 hours. If it is necessary to extend beyond 24 hours, a new alert must be issued, including additional information where appropriate.
In consideration of the capacity of the medium through which the AMBER Alert will be transmitted, after the distinctive sound, the following text should be read: This is an AMBER Alert of a missing / kidnapped minor.
It should contain the following information:
- Day, time and place where the disappearance or kidnapping is presumed.
- Name, age and sex of the victim.
- Current photo of the minor.
- Physical description of the minor: height, weight, hair and eye color, scars or moles or other characteristics.
- Description of the clothing in which the minor was last seen.
- If the vehicle was used in the event, the description of the model, make, color and license plate.
- Data of possible aggressor.
- Call attention to all parents and everyone in the area where the incident occurred.
- Any other information of importance or relevance.