Questions have been raised as to the legitimacy of an amber alert issued by York Regional Police Tuesday afternoon. The alert was issued for 5-year-old Jannah Jaffri, who was found safe.
The Amber Alert was issued after she was picked up after school by her father Soloman Jaffri, allegedly without permission. They left Armadale Public School in Markham by taxi and were located at a nearby strip mall about an hour later when a shopkeeper recognized the father and daughter from the Amber Alert.
The father was taken into custody without incident. He told CP24 later that the Amber Alert “was a mistake”. He said it was blown out of proportion; that he has been picking up his daughter up from school on a regular basis.
“Police had misinformation”
“I understand that the police were fulfilling their duties by filing the Amber Alert with the information they were given and they couldn’t take a chance. Their system does work. I am not blaming the police for issuing the alert, they did what they had to with the misinformation they had, said Jaffri in a Facebook post. York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden told the Toronto Sun neither the father nor the mother will be charged, he said
How an Amber Alert is Issued
Pattenden told the Sun that Frontline officers are the first ones to respond to a missing child call. “The information they gather is then sent to investigators who then determine if the child’s well-being is in danger. If the investigative team concludes the child may be in danger, a York Regional Police officer with the rank of inspector or above reviews the case before passing the findings to Ontario Provincial Police. If the OPP agrees the child may be in danger, only then is an Amber Alert issued,” said Pattenden.