Brantford police inundated with complaints following Amber Alert

first_imgBRANTFORD – Complaints are once again popping up on social media about the Amber Alert that woke people up early Thursday morning.Brantford police say they were inundated with calls and emails, including one person who is under investigation after calling to complain 11 times about the alert that woke people up around 3 a.m.Police issued a statement, calling out some of those who emailed their complaints to them.“3 o’clock in the **** morning- no- I haven’t seen her. This went off five **** times. I am in oshawa . What in the **** are you thinking”“You guys are absolutely crazy with your Amber alerts. I live 6 hours drive away, in another province and you feel waking me up at 3 am is required.”“Yes, I leave my phone on, but not because I want to be harassed by law enforcement, because I have elderly parent who may have a legitimate need for help.”“Respectfully, do your job and stop harassing citizens.”“Perhaps if you do your job, we could sleep.”Brantford police defended their use of the alert system while reminding the public that contacting police to complain takes resources away from legitimate police investigations.“When a child is abducted, it is our duty to utilize any and all resources available to facilitate a lawful investigation, and to locate the child as soon as possible. We expect the public to support our stance,” said Insp. Scott Williams.“Time is critical in saving the lives of abducted children, and the main objective of the Amber Alert is always the safe return of the child. The decision to utilize the Ontario Amber Alert is based on established criteria, and is never taken lightly.”A recent petition on is calling on the province to fine people who call 9-1-1 to complain about Amber Alerts. So far, more than 80,000 people have signed the petition.last_img

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