Last week, on June 13 and 14, ASTRA representatives had the opportunity to participate in the ” AMBER Alert in Albania: Law Enforcement and First Responders training” organized by the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in partnership with CRCA / ECPAT of Albania and the Albanian National Police, is working to implement the AMBER Alert system in Albania thanks to the support of the US State Department.
The purpose of this training is to provide theoretical and practical skills to the Albanian State Police and Albanian First Responders (such as hotline and helpline analysts) on the issue of Missing Children, and more particularly on the AMBER Alert system. The training will tackle the issue of missing children in Albania, regionally and globally, discuss the current systems and practices in Greece and USA, focus on the AMBER Alert system, the protocols to be put in place and followed, and propose a practical exercise to put into practice what was learnt.
Bearing in mind that the process of introducing an early warning system in cases of missing children in Serbia almost coincides with the establishment of AMBER Alert in Albania, this was an ideal opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise regarding the process of establishing the system, insights in the challenges that accompany that process, but and observed trends in the field of child disappearances in both countries.
On this occasion, ASTRA representatives shared the findings and conclusions of the ten-year work practice report of the European number for missing children in Serbia 116000 and the findings of a comparative analysis SYSTEM OF EARLY ALERT in Missing Children Cases.