An Amber Alert was issued on October 1 in an attempt to locate 5 missing children, and the police got a surge of angry phone calls yet again. Amber Alert complaints have been on the rise, and police have had to take to Twitter to remind people that calling 911 is for emergencies only. Meanwhile, the public has also shared their thoughts and many want police to take action against those who call 911 to complain.
Officer Alex Li from the Toronto Police Department took to Twitter to express his concerns about the number of 911 calls, "The Toronto Police and Toronto Police Service Operations have been receiving calls from the public complaining about the Amber Alert," he wrote.
"Please do not call police to complain, instead find compassion and have the understanding to help locate these children! Amber Alerts are issued for a reason."
The Amber Alert was issued just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, in hopes of finding Magnus, Eska, Sovereign, Mattias, and Evalyn MacDermid. They are all under the age of 15.
The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) believes that the children were taken from their home in Jordan, Ontario sometime between September 19 and 25, by their father Ian MacDermid. Their whereabouts have been unknown since.
People have replied to officer Alex Li's tweet about the complaints, and some believe that people who tie up emergency lines to complain should have to face consequences.
Here are some of the responses:
There is a slew of even more tweets that have the same sentiment. Canadians are angry about this, especially since this time, the Amber Alert was issued in the daytime.
Previous Amber Alerts have been issued throughout the night, prompting Canadians to complain about their lack of sleep.
This isn't the first time people have complained. Over the past year, multiple complaints have been issued to police departments around Ontario during Amber Alerts.
While the Amber Alert has expired, all five children are currently still missing. The NRPD is still asking Canadians to keep an eye out for the family and to call 911 immediately if they are spotted.