Tri-state police agencies have agreed to use one central location to get the word out when Amber Alerts are issued, according to the Tri-state Amber Alert coordinating committee. Separate counties in southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana could issue their own alerts, instead, the agencies agree that the information will be funneled through Cincinnati police communications and then onto the media.
There isn’t any readily available information as to what criteria the three regions will use to decide to issue the Amber Alert. It is being called the Cincinnati/N. Kentucky/SE Indiana Child Abduction Alert Program (CAAP). Should they be able to successfully work together, it would seem an integrated Nationwide Amber Alerts System would ultimately be able to be implemented though it isn’t clear whether this is a pilot program for such an endeavor.
Police agencies are also trying to set up special child abduction response teams to assist in Amber Alert cases. Some states such as Florida utilize Child Abduction Response Teams (CART). The Office of Justice Programs launched the national CART initiative in November 2005. The model for the program was created in Florida as a result of the abduction of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in Sarasota, Fla. in February 2004.