08-11-2009, 10:36 PM #1Former Member
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Amber Alert Review- Tori's Law Petition
Ontario police reviewing Amber Alert in wake of Victoria Stafford case
Ontario Provincial Police are reviewing their policy for Amber Alerts in the face of public criticism over the handling of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford's abduction in southern Ontario.
"To ensure that the Amber Alert program protects the most vulnerable members of our society, our children, the OPP has taken the initiative to coordinate the review of Ontario's Amber Alert," OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino said in a news release.
Insp. Dave Ross told reporters that Victoria's disappearance was "a contributing factor" in the decision to launch the review, although he noted that the OPP do regularly review all their programs and policies.
Police faced a public backlash for not calling an Amber Alert when Victoria, known to her family and friends as Tori, went missing on her way home from school on April 8 in Woodstock. Two people have now been charged in connection with her abduction and murder, and search teams are hunting for her body.
Police have said repeatedly that they did not call an Amber Alert because Victoria's case did not fit the criteria.
More than 26,000 people have signed an online petition, called Tori's Law, calling on the provincial government to revisit the criteria for an Amber Alert. The petition was started by a Toronto resident.
Ontario Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci said Tuesday at Queen's Park that he's not opposed to having another look at the Amber Alert program to see if it can be improved.
08-19-2009, 10:18 PM #2
08-19-2009, 11:11 PM #3
""As far as I'm concerned they've done the right thing because if they started issuing Amber Alerts freely, without a lot of information, people would stop paying attention to them," she said from her home in Oromocto, N.B."
Um, when's the last time anybody on this board, or anybody you know, saw an Amber Alert for a missing Canadian kid? Sorry to sound crass, but sometimes crass is the only way to make a point ... IMO, we seem to have a lot more dead kids than we do Amber Alerts.
Last edited by sillybilly; 08-20-2009 at 02:38 PM.
08-20-2009, 08:37 AM #4
Ontario Amber Alert changes coming
10-26-2009, 09:20 AM #5
Changes will be announced today.
10-26-2009, 12:06 PM #6
Changes are in effect starting today:
Police will only have to believe a child is in danger to issue an alert, whereas before they had to believe the child was in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
And police will only need to have information about the child or the abductor or the suspect vehicle, instead of all three, to issue an alert, Ross said.
Oxford Community Police were criticized for not issuing an Amber Alert in April when eight-year-old Victoria Stafford disappeared in Woodstock, Ont. Her remains were found north of Guelph, Ont., in July, and two people were later charged with her abduction and first-degree murder. At the time Victoria disappeared, police said the case did not meet the criteria for issuing an alert.
"The Stafford investigation, you could say, was a catalyst to initiate the review, but it wasn't the only factor that led to the review being called by commissioner Fantino," said Ross.
10-26-2009, 05:12 PM #7
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