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Canada Rosie DiManno: There’s no cause to call 911, but it’s fair to ask if Amber Alerts are actually working

07:25  11 october  2019
07:25  11 october  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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a sign on the side of a road: According to one expert, the number of children’s lives saved by Amber Alerts is “very close to zero.” © Scott Gardner According to one expert, the number of children’s lives saved by Amber Alerts is “very close to zero.”

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“I’m not interested.”

So went the three-word dialogue when Douglas Bagshaw returned the Star’s call. Before he hung up the phone.

Bagshaw is the 70-year-old Hamilton man who has been charged with mischief after he called 911 to, allegedly, tangle up emergency lines following an Amber Alert issued last week to help find five missing siblings in Ontario.

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“ It was of extreme concern, which is why she attended the division, saying ‘I’ve got that information and I’m concerned for the well- being of my daughter.’” Speaking with reporters on Friday, spokesperson Danny Martini, said police were still receiving complaints hours after the initial alerts were issued.

“He did not have an emergency and was calling 911 to purposely tie up emergency lines,” according to the press release issued by Hamilton Police.

Further, police claim Bagshaw declared he would continue to call and gripe about the then-ongoing alert which had annoyed him as he was trying to rest. Which doubtless also irritated plenty of other people when their cellphones blared the automated bulletin. Many likewise besieged 911 operators because God forbid their existence should be even slightly ruffled by a critical situation.

Yes, we can all get our knickers in a knot about self-absorbed whiners who put their own GET OFF MY LAWN bellyaching over the potential risk to missing children. Certainly the social media mob took to its predictable high dudgeon.

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It is fair, however, to ask how effective the Amber Alert system has been, if it needs fine-tuning, and whether mounting displeasure by a small aggravated segment of the public can ultimately segue into broader negative consequences whereby alerts are disabled and vigilance sought by law enforcement fades away.

The community of criminology experts and researchers who have actually studied Amber Alert efficiency, effectiveness and impact is tiny. As, in fact, has been the triggering of Amber Alerts, at least in Canada, used only half a dozen times in Ontario over the past year, five of which ended with the abducted child returned home. One ended tragically, with a Toronto-area man arrested in the death of his 11-year-old daughter, the child’s body found only an hour after the frantic search had begun, the father hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In the U.S., where data is much more openly accessible, as of April 2019, 957 children had been “rescued specifically” because of Amber Alerts, according to the Justice Department website. By the same token, it should be noted that in a country where some 800,000 children were reported missing (2018 statistics) the safe recovery rate is about 99 per cent. Overwhelmingly these are kids who wandered away, ran away, and came back home safe within 24 hours. Yet, in incident studies released by the Justice Department — albeit way back in 2002, spanning the years 1997 to 1999 — 203,900 children had been abducted by family members.

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When a 911 call comes in the dispatcher will assess the situation. If the caller has already hung up the line, the dispatcher will attempt to call the number back. As far as the accident goes, they asked all those questions because why would they use GPS when they can get the info from you?

There are lots of flaws in its implementation, and no one should be content with a flawed system being used Another user wrote: “# AmberAlert is it really necessary to break through the Do Not Disturb Niagara police release 911 complaint call over Amber Alert . An Amber Alert at the request of Peel

Which says far more about parents frustrated by custodial arrangements they perceive as unfair than parents who intend any harm towards their children.

A small number — 115 estimated — are abducted by strangers every year in the U.S. Forty per cent of stranger abductions end with the child dead and most often within hours of their disappearance.

Of course, if only one child is saved because of an Amber Alert, there’s really no counter-argument. Is there? Timothy Griffin, associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Nevada-Reno, thinks there is, or at the very least that there should be a more nuanced discussion.

“The number of children’s lives saved by Amber Alerts ranges from zero to very close to zero,” Griffith tells the Star in a phone interview. “If you’re looking for a way to save children from deadly abductions, the issue is to avoid being abducted by that kind of abductor in the first place.”

Griffin and his colleagues produced an incisive study on Amber Alert’s effects in 2007 and returned to the subject in several research papers since then.

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“We’re in that murky world of prediction. How do you know what the intentions of an abductor are? Once a child is in the possession of a truly menacing abductor, there’s really nothing we can do. This is because they act so fast and so ruthlessly that there’s no chance for the public or law enforcement to respond in time.

“There are occasionally very menacing familial abductors. They are by far the minority. The most dangerous abductors are what people think of as the stereotypical abductor: the sex offender, the murderer. Those are very rare. The very small proportion of child abductors are usually pretty premeditated. They understand they’re doing something that society frowns upon. They tend to take measures to avoid detection. They carry out their crimes unimpeded.

“Very few Amber Alert cases actually involve that kind of abductor. And when they do, it never works.”

Well, not never ever, as Griffin does acknowledge, even with stranger abductions.

In Canada, as an example, there was the case of Zach Miller, who was abducted as a 10-year-old by a stranger in 2006, triggering the first ever Amber Alert issued in Saskatchewan. Miller spent 72 hours held captive by a notorious pedophile. He and another boy were rescued when a passerby noticed the vehicle reported in the police alert. “If it wasn’t for a certain individual spotting that vehicle that abducted me, I wouldn’t be here,” Miller told Global News last week. “So I understand the huge weight that the Amber Alert carries. And if we can’t as a society understand the importance of this, then what are we doing?”

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Times when it makes sense to call 911 include (but are not limited to) When you need a ride to a doctor for an appointment ( call them first and ask about transportation options). Is there any way I can follow up after making a 911 call regarding a car collision to know the outcome of the accident?

It’s rationally impossible to disagree with that statement. But Griffin, for one, emphasizes that the dramas and family dynamics surrounding parental abductions are terribly complicated and a one-size-fits-all emergency alert misleading in outcome.

“It’s impossible to know what would have happened in any particular case if there had not been an alert. You can never say never, but there is not compelling evidence that Amber Alerts have ever saved any child. We can speculate but there’s a real misconception, in my opinion, that Amber Alert is some kind of silver bullet, that it’s a trump card you can play to get kids back and guarantee their safety. It’s a misconception I wish the public would come to realize. And the people who promote and implement the system would be a little more forthright about it.”

Non-custodial parents who seize their children, Griffin adds, are almost never going to do them harm, though the emphasis should be put on “almost never.”

“It’s very unlikely that a non-custodial mother with a drug addiction is going to kill her kid. It’s very unlikely that the babysitter who goes wacko and runs off with the kid is going to kill the kid. It’s very unlikely that the ex-boyfriend is going to kill the kid of the girlfriend who broke things off with him. I’m not saying these aren’t dangerous cases. But if an Amber Alert quote ‘works’ in that case, it’s really stretching credibility to say it follows logically that that child’s life was saved. It’s that very dubious conflation that bothers me in how the system is being portrayed.”

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Frequently Asked Questions. Where and why did AMBER Alert first start? How does it work ? AMBER Alerts also serve as deterrents to those who would prey upon our children. AMBER Alert cases have shown that some perpetrators release the abducted child after hearing the AMBER Alert .

When my Mom becomes confused my Dad likes to call my sister who lives across the street but since his eyesight is limited, it ' s tough for him to dial the phone. My siblings and I were thinking about a Medical Alert System that once he pushes the button, it would dial my sister directly rather than 911 .

It could be that expectations of law enforcement are unrealistic. “We need to recognize that some things are just outside our control. We literally don’t want to face that but it’s just the ugly truth. So, instead of looking for silver bullets to guarantee child safety, we should start thinking about the everyday things we can do in our own lives and as a society to do a better job of making children safe.”

Sadly — and this is so emotionally complex — it’s sometimes those very custodial arrangements, usually formulated in family court or with the intervention of child welfare agencies, that impel a non-custodial parent towards angry, desperate acts. (Though courts often struggle to protect children from violent parents, as well.)

“First of all, we need more rational and sensitive custody arrangements,” says Griffin. “The courts need to recognize that a lot of these custody arrangements are unstable. Anything we can do as a society to do a better job of protecting children, whether we’re Canadian or American, is recognize that the threats to child safety are not typically abduction. It’s more dysfunctional homes.”

Those five children who were the subject of last week’s Amber Alert were found safe, with their father, at a rental cottage, about 24 hours after the alert was issued.

Nobody was placed under arrest or charged.

Except for Douglas Bagshaw.

He is to appear in court on Tuesday.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno

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