AmberVision Unveils Program to Help Protect Oregon's Children

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An advanced technology tool is now available to Oregon police departments that will provide parents greater peace-of-mind for their children’s safety. A nationally used database system called AmberVision, designed to help law enforcement officials in cases of missing children, is being introduced to school districts and parents in the state of Oregon.

An advanced technology tool is now available to Oregon police departments that will provide parents greater peace-of-mind for their children’s safety.

A nationally used database system called AmberVision, designed to help law enforcement officials in cases of missing children, is being introduced to school districts and parents in the state of Oregon. Jim Isaacson, Oregon representative for AmberVision, says, “AmberVision heightens the awareness of missing children through the community and media, and provides parents a proactive opportunity to enhance their child’s safety."

One of the most important tools law enforcement needs in missing children cases is immediate access to a high-quality photograph of the child in question. AmberVision provides the ability for law enforcement agencies to access a child’s picture and description quickly. It also provides them the ability to instantly distribute this critical information to other agencies, media, officers in the field, etc., all in an effort to save valuable time.        

By registering online for AmberVision, parents have the ability to upload a current digital picture and description of their child to a secure database. Parents also have the ability to modify and update this information, as needed, via a username and password they create. In cases of missing and abducted children, law enforcement officials, with read-only access, can view the data and within minutes, distribute it to the necessary parties.         

The cost of enrollment for parents to utilize the database is $11.99 per year, per child. “It’s an easy, user-friendly enrollment process (http://www.ambervision.org). The overall goal of AmberVision (not for profit foundation) is to heighten child safety awareness to parents and communities, provide law enforcement another tool to aide in the safe recovery of a child, allow all children to participate regardless of their financial condition, and provide parents a proactive opportunity to participate in their child’s safety. Through the AmberVision Foundation, free enrollment is offered to children who participate in the school lunch program,” Isaacson said.

AmberVision has been implemented in communities throughout the country. Isaacson said, “Some Oregon schools have already distributed information to parents, and we plan to share AmberVision with all communities throughout the State.”     

The system, funded by a grant from the Department of Justice in 2005, was originally developed as a paper-based program called AmberView and tested in the state of West Virginia. After deemed a success, the program was converted to an online service and offered nationally as AmberVision in late 2009. SecurLinx, a leader in biometric identity management systems and technology partner to AmberView, has created the AmberVision Foundation in order to help keep our communities safe for children and their families.

For more information:
In Oregon: Jim Isaacson (jim(dot)isaacson(at)ambervision(dot)org)
Outside of Oregon: Jason Hodge (jason(dot)hodge(at)ambervision(dot)org)
AmberVision Foundation: (304) 284-5020
http://www.ambervision.org

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