Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020. 4:28 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: This week the Belize Police Department and the Jasmine Alert Program signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the operation of the program, which sends nationwide alerts in the event of a missing or abducted child.
Police Legal Adviser, Bart Jones, signed the MOU with Jasmine Alert Founder and President, Patrick Menzies, at the Police Headquarters in Belmopan.
Menzies explained that one of the most pronounced areas of this MOU is the clarification of the Alert Criteria agreed upon by the program and police. He noted that the changes, once implemented, will greatly enhance the program’s effectiveness.
“This strategic collaboration is in keeping with the international standards of Amber-Alerts, therefore guaranteeing that all involved parties’ common interests are upheld; which is, assuring the success of the program for a safer Belize for our nation’s children,” the Jasmine Alert program said in an official statement issued this afternoon.
The program started in 2012 following the disappearance of 13-year-old Jasmine Lowe, who was later found dead. The program was named in her honor. Persons needing to send out a Jasmine Alert can call 610-LIVE or 660-LIFE for the Jasmine-Alert Office, or the nearest police precinct.
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