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Pennsylvania authorities remind residents to enable AMBER Alerts on their phones

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(WBNG) -- The Pennsylvania State Police Department is reminding Pennsylvanians to turn on AMBER Alerts on their phones.

The request from Pennsylvania State Police comes as officers recognize Wednesday as AMBER Alert Awarness Day.

The police department says since it first used AMBER Alerts in 2002, 115 children have been recovered safely from it.

“The AMBER Alert program is successful thanks of the support of various stakeholders and the general public,” said Corporal Shawn Kofluk, supervisor of the Pennsylvania State Police Missing Person’s Unit in a news release.

Tips received from the community after an AMBER Alert activation have saved the lives of abducted children, and the PSP is grateful for the public’s assistance in these critical and time-sensitive investigations," he said.

The police department says personnel are on-call all day and all week are are prepared to issue an AMBER Alert if an abducted child is in danger of death or injury. They can do this if there is "sufficient descriptive information" about the victim and details about the victim's abduction.

“These are the most serious of child abduction cases with the highest potential for tragedy,” Kofluk said. “Having a child abducted is every parent’s worst nightmare.

For more information about AMBER Alerts in Pennsylvania, click here.

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