Archive for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Police department finishes alert program agreement

March 12, 2009

Basehor police Chief Lloyd Martley has formalized an agreement with the A Child Is Missing Alert Program that has led to a high-tech method now in place to search locally for missing children, missing elderly and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled.

Upon receipt of a missing persons call, the Basehor Police Department will make its first phone call to a toll-free number that rings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the national headquarters of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. The call is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by an information mapping technician who initiates a rapid process of information gathering and use of sophisticated mapping systems. A Child Is Missing then potentially launches thousands of calls within minutes with an alert message detailing the missing person’s description, last know whereabouts and other pertinent information. This alert message will also include a Basehor Police Department phone number for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person.

This program is a free service to law enforcement and may be used alone or in combination with Amber Alert. Basehor Police officials will evaluate each activation of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program to ensure the application is appropriate to the case and to ensure the system is optimally used. Policies, procedures and employee training will also guide the most effective use of the alert program.

Telephone numbers that are called by this program include listed numbers in the selected area but do not include cell phone numbers, unlisted numbers or TDD/TTY devices. These numbers can be added to ensure they, too, are called in the event of an alert. To enter your phone number, unlisted number or TDD/TTY device, visit achildismissing.org and click on “sign up” then “add your name.” This information will only be used for emergency message alerts.

To date, the efforts of A Child Is Missing have bee credited with more than 325 safe assisted recoveries.

For more information, contact Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley at (913) 724-1370, ext. 22.

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