COUNTY TO CONDUCT 'AMBER ALERT' DRILL ON 101 GOLD (KVLC)

COUNTY TO CONDUCT 'AMBER ALERT' DRILL ON 101 GOLD (KVLC)

When a child turns up missing in Doña Ana County, one of the most powerful tools available to the Sheriff's Department is a voluntary partnership to broadcast 'Amber Alerts' on KVLC Radio, also known as 101 Gold.

The Amber Alert Program was created in 1997 as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and murdered while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas.
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n Thursday, March 4, at 7:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Department and KVLC will test the Amber Alert System with a short broadcast in which listeners will be told about the program and how they would be able to help in the event of an actual child abduction in the area.

The Amber Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to air a description of the abducted child and/or suspected abductor.

The goal of the Amber Alert is to let the community assist in the safe return of the child.

Once the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department has been notified about an abducted child and a decision has been made to activate the Amber Alert Program, an officer uses equipment located in the Sheriff's Office to break in on local programming of participating radio stations.

In the case of an actual alert, the broadcast would include descriptive information about the child, the suspected abductor, and/or the suspect’s vehicle, along with any additional information that might be valuable in identifying the child and/or the suspect.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.