Thursday, January 15, 2009

Panthers Pitch In With Amber Alert Poster Contest

UWM men’s basketball head coach Rob Jeter along with players and Milwaukee natives Avery Smith and Anthony Hill were at St. Marcus School in Milwaukee earlier this week when Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen commemorated the 13th anniversary of the national Amber Alert system.

Van Hollen announced at the event Tuesday that Wisconsin schools will be participating in a national poster contest to celebrate the anniversary and bring more awareness to the Amber Alert system.

The Panthers were there to help bring attention to the program, as well as sign autographs for and take pictures with the students of St. Marcus.

Wisconsin’s Amber Alert Plan, initiated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice in 2003, is a voluntary effort led by the Department of Justice in association with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Dane County Public Safety Communication Center, state Department of Transportation, local law enforcement agencies, the Wisconsin Lottery and other participating agencies. Working together, these participants make it possible for information to be disseminated rapidly to the public during the first critical hours following the abduction of a child by activating an Amber Alert.

The full press release from the Attorney General’s office can be found here.