OnStar Partnering with Program to Aid Safe Return of Abducted Children
ORILLIA, ON, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Provincial AMBER Alert program,
led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is adding another partner to
our list to help quickly locate missing or abducted children in
Ontario. The OPP has an arrangement with OnStar, one of the world's
leading in-vehicle safety and security services to help police quickly
locate a missing child.
The Ontario AMBER Alert Program notifies the public by using a network
of partner-agencies to spread the word whenever there is a report of an
abducted child anywhere in Ontario who may be in danger. During an
AMBER Alert it is vital to the investigation that critical information
about the missing child be relayed to the public as quickly as
possible. In 2012, five AMBER Alerts were issued in Ontario that
resulted in eight safely recovered children.
Now when an AMBER Alert is issued, OnStar will be able to share the
alert information with the company's more than 430,000 Canadian
subscribers. OnStar will integrate Ontario AMBER Alert data into its
call center's geographical mapping system, and subscribers will be
informed of the Alert when they contact OnStar for other services.
The announcement this week coincides with National Missing Children's
Day which will be on Saturday, May 25, 2013. This year's theme is
"Help Us Bring Them Home" and will focus on 'stranger abductions'. It
takes the diligence of many partners and the public everywhere to keep
our children safe.
QUOTE "The more partnerships and investigative tools available, the greater
chance we have to save the precious life of a child in Ontario. Swift,
coordinated action and widespread communication is vital to the success
of this very important program."
OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis
QUOTE "As a company, it is extremely important for OnStar to support the AMBER
Alert program and our technology can play a valuable role," said Kevin
Williams, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada.
"Not only can motorists get information on AMBER Alerts in their area,
but they can be directly connected by an OnStar Advisor to local
authorities to submit tips and information."
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: Sgt. Steve Montpetit
OPP AMBER Alert Coordinator
Phone: (705) 329-7679
General Motors of Canada