A CHILD IS MISSING PROGRAM
Every 40 seconds a child is
reported missing in the
A Child is Missing (ACIM) is a
national non-profit organization based out of
A Child Is Missing alert uses a three-prong program: a telephone database, a geo-mapping system and satellite imagery. Once it has been confirmed that a person is missing, a call is placed to an ACIM technician. All pertinent information is relayed and then the technician uses computer-mapping technology to identify the area where the individual was last seen. An imagery satellite program is also used to increase the map-tracking accuracy to help visualize areas that may be a danger such as water or woods, or might attract a wandering individual such as a mall or park. Next an individual message is recorded with the description of the person. This alert is phoned to homes and businesses in the area where the person was last seen. The alert message asks residents to check their property and to call their local law enforcement agency at the number provided should they have any information. If a lead is obtained, the search can be expanded to that area and/or discontinued in other areas. This automated phone system can send 1000 recorded alert messages in 60 seconds.
Law enforcement agencies across
the nation are taking advantage of the service, including the Eau Claire Police
Department in this area. The
organization reports it has assisted in 315 “safe recoveries” since its
inception in 1996. According to Lt.
Mark Hanson the system has not been used yet in
More information can be obtained from the organization’s website achildismissing.org. For more information on the police department’s involvement, contact Chief Wayne Nehring or Lt. Mark Hanson.
Submitted by Telecommunicator Mary Bowe and Lt. Mark Hanson
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