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Alyson McCarthy, Reporter

Nevada Committee Reviews Amber Alert Effectiveness

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"We learned how important it is to make sure all of the detectives in our office are trained in the activation process," said Detective Tom Wagner of Las Vegas Metro's Missing Persons Division. "We learned how important it is to make sure all of the detectives in our office are trained in the activation process," said Detective Tom Wagner of Las Vegas Metro's Missing Persons Division.
"We're firing on all fours but we'd like to be firing on all eight," said Nevada Amber Alert Committee member Bob Fisher. "We're firing on all fours but we'd like to be firing on all eight," said Nevada Amber Alert Committee member Bob Fisher.

Just last month an Amber Alert was issued in the search for Jaxton Allen. Hours later he was found safe with two acquaintances of his mother. But did this Amber Alert go as planned?

Less than three hours after last month's Amber Alert was activated, the 14-month-old Allen was in the safe arms of a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper -- after the car he was traveling in was spotted by two citizens who heard the alert on a local radio station

"We're firing on all fours but we'd like to be firing on all eight," said Nevada Amber Alert Committee member Bob Fisher. That's why members of the Nevada Amber Alert committee gathered today to review the last three activations.

Fisher asked, "Where are we falling short? We'll discuss that and address it." Even though all three children were recovered safely in the last three cases.

The committee zeroed in on areas in need of improvement.

"We learned how important it is to make sure all of the detectives in our office are trained in the activation process," said Detective Tom Wagner of Las Vegas Metro's Missing Persons Division.

Fisher says overzealous broadcasters and law enforcement officers have created some problems in the past.

"It's never going to be a perfect system because so many people are involved in it," Fisher explained.

The state's amber alert system has also experienced some technical glitches since it's activation three years ago. But are activation delays wasting precious time?

"The lag is not necessarily because the system is not working," Fisher said. "The public does not understand that law enforcement is involved in an active case... When they feel the time is right, that's when it happens."

While members of the Nevada Amber Alert committee admit the system isn't perfect and there's plenty of room for improvement, they're happy about the program's overall results. The past three years 26 out of 28 children who have been the subject of these amber alerts have been recovered safely.

Contact reporter Alyson McCarthy at amccarthy@klastv.com

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