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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is proud to announce this year's winner of the first statewide Amber Alert - Missing Children poster competition. Jada Hutcherson, a fifth grade student at Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee was recognized yesterday by Van Hollen at an awards ceremony at Elm Creative Arts where he was joined by Wisconsin school children, Captain Gregory Moore of the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee Public School officials.
Attorney General Van Hollen presented Jada with a state award certificate recognizing her achievement, along with a U.S. Savings Bond. Jada's poster will represent Wisconsin in the national competition.
"Wisconsin's Amber Alert program is a model partnership of government agencies, private enterprise, and civic-minded citizens," said Van Hollen. "The annual poster contest promotes awareness about missing children and provides an opportunity for children and their families to discuss important safety issues." The contest is open to all fifth-grade students throughout Wisconsin.
Jada's winning poster can be seen on the Wisconsin Department of Justice's website at:
"My poster is about people who had lost a child and are trying to find them, " said Hutcherson. "The neighborhood is holding up a banner saying bring our missing children home."
The Wisconsin Amber Alert program is a collaborative partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to alert the general public when a child is abducted. In this cooperative plan, radio and television stations interrupt programming with an emergency tone and highway message boards are activated, alerting the public to the abduction. Citizens with information that may lead to the safe recovery of the abducted child are instructed to contact law enforcement. For more information about the Wisconsin Amber Alert Program, please access its web page at http://amberalertwisconsin.org/default.asp
The Wisconsin Amber Alert Program is coordinated by the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, which is housed in the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Wisconsin Clearinghouse works in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and forms part of a nationwide network that works to reunite missing and abducted children and adults with their families. For more information on the Wisconsin Clearinghouse you can access their web page at http://www.missingpersons.doj.wi.gov/