In memory of Jasmine Lowe and the message her death taught all of us, today the launching of the Jasmine Alert Program was held at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.
The program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, and its aim is to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
One of the founders of the program told 7news that the goal of a Jasmine Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of any abducted child 17 and under.
Patrick Menzies, Jamine Alert
"The Jasmine Alert is an early warning alert system setup to be able to basically warned Belizeans of a kidnapping or abduction. The Jasmine Alert works this way; let's say a child is kidnap in Belmopan. Somebody see it and calls 911 - the police gets it, they know that a child was pickup, they immediately call the national coordinator who is Inspector Ms. Augustine, she decides if it meets the criteria - so she therefore immediately advises SMART, BTL and the media that there was an abduction and it's a Jasmine Alert and once she does that she actually sends the text type material that will be put out in the text for both SMART and BTL. The media starts to broadcast that across the nation so that everyone can be looking for the vehicle or the individual that performed the heinous crime."
The Jasmine Alert program is being established in memory of 13 year old Jasmine Lowe, who was abducted and brutally murdered in June of 2012.