Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings, Joyce Dawley (FDLE),
and Colonel Chris Knight (FHP) host a press conference honoring
a civilian and two FHP troopers who played an important
role in the safe recovery of a child after an AMBER alert was issued.
On January 13, 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice recognized the ten year anniversary of the abduction and brutal murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman that occurred in Texas. States were encouraged to mark the date, and in recognition of this, Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted a press conference to honor three Floridians who recently played an important role in the safe recovery of a child after an Amber Alert was issued here in Florida. The event was held on Friday, January 13th at FHP's Orlando Regional Communication Center.
Agatino Amoroso receives a certificate
of appreciation from Joyce Dawley.
Corporal Lisa Drake receives her certificate.
At the Amber Alert ceremony in Orlando, Lt. Governor Jennings made the following statement,
"Governor Bush and I have worked aggressively to ensure the safety and protection of our children. Florida was at the forefront in establishing a second tier alert system for notification of missing children. We were also one of the first states to augment the Amber Plan by providing an email/cellular phone alert system, broadening the public notice of missing children. We believe Amber Alert is a significant tool for our law enforcement community and the public to help make our communities safe for our most vulnerable and youngest citizens."
Each year, approximately 50,000 children are reported missing in Florida, with the majority of those being runaways. In 2005, the FDLE Missing Children Information Clearinghouse issued 17 Amber Alerts. The children featured in these alerts were all successfully recovered. Additionally, 25 Missing Child alerts were issued in 2005. Sadly, four of the children will never return home. FDLE continues to support its Florida Amber Alert, named after Amber Hagerman, and recognizes the importance of the role that broadcasters and the public play in helping to bring Florida’s missing children home safely.
Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the FHP, stated, “With the ongoing increase in the number of reported child abductions that have occurred around the nation, it is vital that law enforcement agencies, the public, and the media team up in the event a child is discovered missing for the purpose of a speedy recovery. The alert and decisive actions by Mr. Amoroso and Florida Highway Patrol Corporal Drake and Trooper Clark demonstrated that Amber Alert can result in quick recovery of an abducted child when a community works together.