Below you will find Hailey’s Law as a proposal to our legislators. Remember, this is about confirmed abductions as well as eliminating the red-tape delay that was present in the Hailey Owens case so that Amber Alerts can be issued in a rapid fashion when confirmation exists. If this grows to a national effort, then the Missouri portion can be transitioned to a national meaning.
In honor of Hailey Owens
Be it that seconds and minutes count in ceasing a child abduction and recovering an abducted child, similar delays to that involving the case of Hailey Owens that occurred on February 18th, 2014 in Springfield, Missouri where two hours passed prior to the issuance of an Amber alert and one hour passed for the notification of local media as a result of current procedure shall not be tolerated within the State of Missouri.
In conjunction with RSMO 210.1012 and RSMO 210.1013
Notwithstanding any department policy or other provision of law to the contrary, upon law enforcement’s receipt of notification of a child abduction, law enforcement shall take immediate action to verify that an abduction has occurred. Upon verification that a child abduction has occurred, an Amber Alert shall be issued and the media shall be contacted with the pertinent information, both of which shall occur within 15 minutes of confirmation that a child abduction has occurred.
It shall be the duty of all law enforcement agencies in the State of Missouri to assist in the facilitation of expediting this process with their local media as well as the Missouri Department of Public Safety for the rapid issuance of an Amber Alert in the State of Missouri.
The following was proposed to a law enforcement officer with the Police Chief’s Association: Since the fail-safe for a technology failure is a phone-in, why not reverse think this process and have it be phone-in first, reading right off the clearance form, with paperwork support after since the MSHP is likely going to independently verify the information on the form for clearance purposes.
It has also been suggested to legislators that the step of NCIC input be the responsibility of the MSHP to help eliminate this step locally since the request could be denied by the MSHP.