Greyhound Lines, Inc. today announced it has partnered with Texas Governor Rick Perry to help find abducted children by joining the Texas Amber Alert Network.
The Amber Alert, containing photos and detailed information about the missing child, is sent to Greyhound. The bulletin is then immediately faxed to more than 25 Texas Greyhound locations, where the information is posted in public and employee areas, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program increases exposure to the traveling public and deters would-be abductors from trying to escape with a child via intercity bus.
“Prior to joining the Texas Amber Alert Network, Greyhound cooperated with local law enforcement organizations whenever a child was reported missing,” said Craig Lentzsch, president and CEO, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “We realize time is critical following an abduction. By instantly and simultaneously sending information statewide we can help authorities quickly return a missing child home.”
The Amber Alert concept originated in Texas after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped from her Arlington home in 1996 and murdered. A neighbor was able to provide some details of a car believed to be involved in the abduction. However, no system was in place to get that information to the public quickly. After Amber’s death, local residents worked with area radio stations to develop the Amber Alert.
Since that time, Amber Alert plans have been credited with helping to safely recover 72 children across the nation, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Greyhound is the largest North American provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,700 destinations with 20,000 daily departures across the continent. The company also provides Greyhound PackageXpress (GPX) in the United States and Greyhound Courier Service in Canada, as well as Greyhound Travel Services including: vacation packages, charters, sightseeing and shore services. In the U.S., for fare and schedule information and to buy tickets call 1-800-231-2222 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.com. In Canada, for fare and schedule information call 1-800-661-8747 or visit the Web site at www.greyhound.ca.
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