The OPP is reminding the public that calling 9-1-1 or any emergency service communication centre is not an appropriate venue to complain about Amber Alerts.

The reminder follows an Amber Alert issued this morning in the York region.

The Ontario Amber Alert continues to be an instrumental tool in assisting both the public and police with locating an abducted child who may be in danger, according to the OPP. The OPP says the decision to utilize the Amber Alert is based on established criteria and is not taken lightly.

There have been five Amber Alerts so far this year and as a direct result, four assisted in the safe return of the child/children and one with the apprehension or a suspect.

The OPP says it recognizes the inconvenience the Amber Alert may have caused, but will not apologize for using all of the tools available to help locate a child.

Written by Jennifer Westendorp