OPP – Do not call 9-1-1 to complain about Amber Alert system
The OPP says that the AMBER Alert program is an instrumental tool in helping the public and police with locating an abducted child who may be in danger.
The force is reminding the public that calling 911 or any emergency service communication centre is not an appropriate venue to complain about AMBER Alerts.
They are issuing the reminder because once again, people have called 911 to complain about the latest Amber Alert sent out at night earlier this week. It ended on a happy note as the two boys and elderly man at the centre of the investigation were found safe. Police say they were found as a direct result of the Amber Alert.
The CRTC mandated the broadcasting industry to distribute emergency alert messages, which includes AMBER Alerts.
As of April 2018, wireless networks were included in this mandate. The only option to not receive these alerts to a mobile device is to have your device turned off completely.
The only way to avoid being woken up by mid-night alerts is to turn your phone completely off.
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