Crews train for Amber Alert situations

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – While authorities in Mahoning County have never had to issue an Amber Alert concerning an abducted child, local law enforcement agencies and others want to be sure they are prepared just in case.

Representatives from a number of area police departments and 911 dispatching centers gathered for a seminar Friday morning in Boardman led by a trooper with the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Organizers of the program said they want to ensure departments work together with the State Patrol and local emergency management agencies in an emergency situation involving a missing child.

“We did this two years ago, and we just decided to bring them back, get everyone on the same page before summer when kids are out all day long,” said Detective Pat Mondora, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department.

Another critical part of the program was explaining just what qualifies for having an Amber Alert issued. Child runaways or situations where one parent takes a child without the other’s permission would not be covered by Ohio’s Amber Alert system.

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