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How Other Agencies Help Monitor An Amber Alert

February 13, 2014, 5:05 PM by Brady Mallory

How Other Agencies Help Monitor An Amber Alert
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

When authorities call an Amber Alert in Western South Dakota, law enforcement agencies everywhere are on standby.
 
"As a parent, and as anybody sees that, you pay special attention when you see these," Niedringhaus said.

Word travels fast, because when a child is taken, a suspect may move even faster.

"Rapid City, in South Dakota, it doesn't take long to get to Sioux Falls," Captain Paul Niedringhaus, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, said.

Niedringhaus said other departments in South Dakota are essentially on standby, waiting for direction from the lead investigators. Officers quickly get information in a number of ways, so they are prepared for any situation. Even though Thursday's situation found a quick resolution, officers and deputies are prepared to monitor interstate roads for traveling suspects, to looking into leads in other parts of the state.

"If there's a relative, friend, or family that may be in this area, they would reach out to us and we would do whatever we could to assist them in attempting to locate this individual," Niedringhaus said.

Niedringhaus said an Amber Alert is a situation that shows how strong partnerships are between various agencies.

"Thankfully it doesn't happen very often, but when it does, you better have a plan in place, because hoping it doesn't happen is not an answer to the solution," Niedringhaus said.

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