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Child Rescue Alert

Information on child rescue alerts.

Child Rescue Alert is designed to activate an urgent response to help find an abducted child before they come to any harm.

It is a partnership between Surrey Police, local TV and radio and is supported by local business.  It relies heavily on the help and involvement of the public.

TV and radio stations have agreed to interrupt a programme to issue the alert message when requested to do so by the police. As many details as possible will be given in the message so the public can immediately help the police look for the child, offender or any vehicle involved.

When would an alert be launched?

Four critieria must be met before Child Rescue Alert is launched:

  • The child is under 18 years old
  • There is a belief that the child has been abducted
  • There is a belief that the child is in imminent danger of serious harm or death
  • There is sufficient information available for the public to help police find the child, (for example the vehicle's registration number is known).

How will I see or hear the message?

The Child Rescue Alert message will be broadcast to the public by radio and TV every 15 minutes for four hours or until the police cancel the alert, whichever is the soonest.

The incident will be covered on the first available news bulletin and the alert message will be seen as a banner running underneath the current television program being aired.

What do I need to do?

Keep your eyes and ears open for anything that may assist the police in recovering the abducted child. If you see the child, or the vehicle as requested, you should call the police on 999.

Alert details page

This page will be used to provide details of any active alerts. When there is no active alert, the content of the page will be as follows:

There are currently no active Child Rescue Alerts within Surrey.

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