CRCA/ECPAT Albania hosted the two-day training of law enforcement and child protection officials to test the operational steps for the introduction of Amber Alert in Albania

Tirana, 14 June 2023 – Albania got one step closer to introducing the Amber Signal for missing children. On June 13-14, the final training was held in Tirana for about 30 police officers, who came from 12 police directorates in the country, as well as child first line responders. The trainers came from the USA, Greece, and Albania, with long experience on the issue of missing children.

The training was organized by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), together with CRCA / ECPAT Albania, in cooperation with the National Police Authority in Albania. The three partners have been working together for over a year, with the support of the US State Department, for the implementation of the AMBER Alert.

The training focused on strengthening and increasing theoretical and practical skills for the Albanian Police and first line responders on the issue of missing or missing children and specifically on the operation of the AMBER Alert Signal. The training addressed the issue of missing children in Albania, at the regional and global level, current systems and practices focusing on the Amber Signal system, protocols to be followed, practical exercises to test the operation of the alert, etc.

Every year between 100-120 children and teenagers go missing or runaway in Albania. The children often find themselves in situations of danger to their lives or safety.

The Amber Alert is a rapid emergency notification system for missing children. It is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement, media, transport agencies and children’s institutions/organizations, working together to distribute emergency notifications of missing children. The purpose of the Amber Alert is to mobilise the communities to assist in the search and safe recovery of a missing child.

The Amber Alert was established in 1996 after the kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in the US. Today, the Amber Alert is an internationally recognised system that guides key stakeholders, which include law enforcement agencies, government institutions, NGOs, media (TV, radio), transport agencies, Internet service providers, social media companies and many others, to make it possible to broadcast the alert, which allows the public to participate in the search for the missing child.

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Detajet e Lajmit
June 19, 2023