Colorado’s AMBER Alert system not impacted by government shutdown
DENVER — Colorado’s AMBER Alert program for locating potentially abducted children has not been and will not be affected by the federal government shutdown, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Monday.
“CBI stands at the ready to immediately disseminate information for an active AMBER Alert,” CBI Director Ron Sloan said.
AmberAlert.gov, a federally maintained informational website about the national version of the program, was briefly offline due to the shutdown, but has since been restored.
“The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN.
The website for the Office of Justice Programs, which hosts Amber Alert information, has been “shut down” due to funding issues, a senior Justice Department official said.
“The Office of Justice Programs had the funds to run through Friday,” October 4, after which it “furloughed all of employees. So since they couldn’t staff and monitor those websites, they were put behind a firewall so as to keep from hacking or security issues,” said Fallon.
Since its inception, the AMBER Alert program has recorded 656 recoveries of abducted children across the nation. (This statistic is from July 2013, and can be found by visiting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) website: http://www.missingkids.com/Amber.)