- Associated Press - Thursday, June 5, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill codifying the state police’s authority over the Amber Alert system.

Under the bill, the state police would set protocols and procedures for the use of Amber Alerts. They would also be required to educate other law enforcement agencies and the public about the system.

Amber alerts are used to appeal to the public to help track down abducted children.

The state police colonel would have the authority to activate and end alerts under the legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday.

The bill would also expand the state’s missing child database to include more information including identifying marks, prosthetics or surgical implants, photographs and description of clothing and items that may be with the missing child.

The bill now heads to the Massachusetts House.

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