SPOKANE, Wash.--The Washington State Patrol is reminding both public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation during the federal government shutdown.
“We’re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,” said AMBER Alert Coordinator Carri Gordon.
Each state has its own system for alerts. Washington’s alerts are distributed by a private contractor that is not affected by the federal government shutdown according to WSP.
Washington State has also added two new additional alerts that will be used. The first is an Endangered Missing Person Advisory. This alert allows law enforcement to seek the public’s help in locating missing people when the disappearance does not fit the criteria for an AMBER alert.
The second new alert is a Blue Alert. This alert will provide information to the public to help locate suspects involved in assaulting or killing a police officer.