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  • The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and Westmoreland-based cable provider, Cabletron Network Systems Limited, today (April 30) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the airing of Ananda Alerts on the local cable channel.
  • The signing, which took place at the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) in Savanna-la-Mar, represents the first such partnership between the OCR and a local cable operator.
  • Ananda Alert is a nationwide system for the safe and speedy recovery of missing children. Within a few minutes of at child being missing, a blast goes out to all the television stations, and the OCR filters the information to its various partners and other stakeholders.

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and Westmoreland-based cable provider, Cabletron Network Systems Limited, today (April 30) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the airing of Ananda Alerts on the local cable channel.

The signing, which took place at the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) in Savanna-la-Mar, represents the first such partnership between the OCR and a local cable operator.

Speaking at the ceremony, Registrar at the OCR, Greig Smith, said effective immediately, all Ananda Alerts, which his office disseminates, will be aired on the Cabletron Network free of cost.

“When…the blasts go out, bearing photographs of children that go missing, (Cabletron) would then publicise the information …free of cost,” he said.

He added that Cabletron will also work with the OCR in publicizing information on missing children, who return home.

Mr. Smith pointed out that while the airing of Ananda Alerts will form the core of the partnership, Cabletron will also assist the OCR with its public education campaign in relation to the work and functions of the office.

Chief Financial Officer at Cabletron Network Systems, Richard Perry, said the partnership with OCR, forms part of his company’s civic duty in helping to safeguard the nation’s children.

“As partners in this endeavor, we are in it for the long haul. We are here to help in any way we can,” he said.

Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Westmoreland, Hon. The Very Reverend Canon Hartley Perrin, who was guest speaker at the event, called for more partnerships for the protection of children.

“Children are our future. The partnership sends a message to the world that we intend to fight and save the future by saving our children,” he said.

Ananda Alert is a nationwide system for the safe and speedy recovery of missing children. Within a few minutes of at child being missing, a blast goes out to all the television stations, and the OCR filters the information to its various partners and other stakeholders.

In the meantime, the first cohort of residents from Westmoreland, who will be part of the OCR’s search and rescue team to work with the Ananda Alert programme in the parish, started training today.

The residents are being trained by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, (JCF)) and the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).