Police expand resources using the “A Child Is Missing” alert program to recover missing people: New program will help find children, elderly.
The “A Child Is Missing” alert program is a telephone-based program used to track down children, elderly persons (often with Alzheimer’s) and disabled individuals by notifying the community via phone calls within the first few crucial hours after the disappearance, Lt. Lisa Wylie said.
The automated system can send 1,000 recorded messages within 60 seconds and has a 98 percent listen rate when the phone is answered, she said.
In the past 40 months, the program, which works in conjunction with the Amber Alert program and all child-safety programs, has assisted in the safe recovery of 105 missing persons across the country, she said. Since 1997, the program has received more than 10,000 calls for assistance from law enforcement and has placed nearly 11 million alert calls to residents.
The way this system works is rather interesting. Computer generated models and mapping to indicate the possible location and tracking of a missing person.
ACIM technicians use computer-mapping technology to identify the area where the individual was last seen. An imagery or satellite program is also used to increase the map-tracking accuracy and to help visualize “hot spots” that my harbor the missing child or attract a “wandering” individual.
Next, an ACIM technician records an individual alert message, which is phoned to the area where the child was last seen. The alert message asks residents to check their property for the missing individual and to call their local law enforcement agency should they have any information.
The ACIM program is presently used in the following states. If your name is not on the list call your State and Federal politicians and ask why not:
In addition to Arkansas, the program is currently available in Florida, Rhode Island, Alaska, Ohio, Georgia, Nevada, Indiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, West Virginia, Alabama, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, South Carolina, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and Washington.