Kalamazoo Co. Undersheriff discusses importance of statewide Amber Alerts
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
In Michigan, an Amber Alert will be issued only if law enforcement believes a child has been kidnapped and is in serious danger.
And, only if there is enough information to give to the public that could help find the missing child such as pictures or a vehicle description.
Michigan State Police work with other agencies and state departments to issue Amber Alerts and even though you may get an alert for a situation that’s hundreds of miles away, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James Vandyken wants you to remember that a child’s life could be at stake, and they could be anywhere by the time an alert is issued.
“It’s designed to make the public aware while they’re traveling,” Vandyken said. “If something happened two to three hours away, they could be anywhere at any time, so it’s important to stay alert to those.”
Vandyken also wants you to remember to look at the alert when you get it and take down any information like a license plate number. This is because alerts go away once you open your phone and could be difficult to find if you don’t know where to look.