Updated: Friday, 07 Dec 2012, 2:07 PM EST
Published : Friday, 07 Dec 2012, 11:14 AM EST
(WTNH) -- This information below from Connecticut State Police helps explain the AMBER Alert process:
Once law enforcement responds to the scene and obtains a description of the child, abductor and vehicle, this information is immediately reported to the Connecticut State Police Message Center and recorded on an audio Alert Message. The emergency message is immediately broadcast to all radio and television stations across the state through the Emergency Alert System (EAS). This is the same alert used during severe weather emergencies.
The goal of the AMBER Alert System is to instantly notify the entire state, so everyone may assist in the search for the safe return of the child. The public immediately becomes the ears and eyes of law enforcement and can assist in the search for the missing child.
In the event that you see someone fitting the description of the child, adult, or vehicle from the AMBER Alert, immediately call 911. Provide authorities with as much information as possible.
The AMBER Alert helps to recover children and serves as a deterrent to this type of crime.