Last January the Amber Alert system initiated its most significant change since its inception in 2003: now Amber Alerts are posted to Facebook and can be distributed on smart phones.
Last week we saw how important these changes are when 2-year-old Zoii Berillo-Dunn was found safe by officers with the Lubbock Sheriff's office and Lubbock Police Department after having been kidnapped. Zoii was in her mother's car when it was stolen from her home.
An Amber Alert went out and a tip from the public led law enforcement to the abandoned car with the baby inside.
This is an example of what government does right.
The Amber Alert system has proven itself to be vital to the well-being and safety of our children and this is just one example.
But the system is no better than the men and women of law enforcement who utilize it. The Lubbock Police Department acted quickly and, with the assistance of the public and other law enforcement agencies, little Zoii was found.
Thanks go out to the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Sheriff's Office for their fine work in avoiding what could have been a tragic situation.
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