Following the recent Amber Alert that was issued Sunday evening from North Battleford, many are wondering what role police can play here in Estevan.
"What we try and do," explained Estevan's Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur, "is we try and get it out to our members and our community through our social media right away."
"What we look at when we see those types of alerts is what is the range? You'll hear oftentimes in the media releases, they were talking about what would the range of the vehicle be and how far is this person likely to travel? That determines the scope and the approach we would take. When we hear there's quite a bit of gas in the tank and quite a bit of distance can be driven, then we take that seriously and start looking from our end."
"The biggest thing we do is keep our eyes open. If there are leads that come those police agencies would pass them on. This was a pretty crucial case in the fact that this girl had some mobility issues."
If a child goes missing in another province, the police would react in a similar way. They would take into account how far the vehicle could drive as well if the suspect has any known relatives in the area.
"There are so many factors that we have to take into account. Each situation is treated differently based on the information we received. If we had an indication that the possible range could lead from one province to our province then we would certainly take the same approach. Keeping in mind that we're going off the information we have. We get as much information as possible and act on what we know. But we have to be mindful that that information can change rapidly."