Monday, October 06, 2008

Amber Alert Noise

In other Amber Alert News, from the City of Pittsburgh's Citizen Alert email system:

On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:41 AM, CitizenObserver wrote that the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police alert for a guy who was wanted for an ALLEGED homicide that occurred at 7701 Penn Avenue on September 22, 2008 in which 20-year-old Korey Johnson was shot as he sat in his car at the Sunoco Station, was arrested on 9/26/08.

Please cancel the Alert issued for this guy on October 6 as he was nabbed on Sept 26.

This is NOT okay. The delay from the 26th to Oct 6 gives little or no faith in the update system. Get it right or it won't be used and trusted.

Today, the State Police issued an Amber Alert for a 17 year old girl. I am watching for the suspension of that alert -- as it occurs -- not a week or two later.

I'm happy that the police caught the guy. I'm happy that the police are trying to keep citizens notified. But do a better job!

1 comment:

Pick Up Trucks said...

I thought that Amber alerts were issued for missing children, not for every crime that has just been committed. Glad they caught the guy in this instance, but if they plan to use this system for police work then it should be kept up to date in real time.