September 3, 2010 > Calif bills aim to speed up kidnapping response
Calif bills aim to speed up kidnapping response
Submitted By AP Wire Service
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Aug 27 - The state Assembly has unanimously approved three bills aimed at speeding up law enforcement response when a kidnapping is reported.
The bills approved Friday were backed by Maurice Dubois, whose 14-year-old daughter, Amber, was murdered last year by a convicted sex offender.
AB33 supports uniform guidelines on how police should respond to missing persons reports.
A companion measure, AB34, requires the state's Violent Crime Information Center to send information about a reported abduction to a national tracking program within two hours; local law enforcement agencies also would face the same deadline to report to the state.
A third bill, AB1022, creates the position of a missing persons coordinator in the Justice Department.
Democrat Pedro Nava of Santa Barbara and Republican Paul Cook of Yucca Valley co-authored the bills.