ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico State Police Department is working to change the way Amber Alerts are issued so officers have more control over what information is broadcast after a child is abducted.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that a State Police spokeswoman says the changes have been in the works for months and are not because of misinformation that was sent during an Amber Alert on Monday.
Monday’s alert reported incorrect license plate information after a 9-month-old was abducted by her mom’s boyfriend, and then abandoned in an SUV that had been stolen. The information was quickly corrected and the child was found unharmed a few hours later.
In the new Amber Alert system State Police will use a federal alert system and send the alert themselves. Currently the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sends alerts.