Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The New Boston Police Department announced Tuesday they have become a participating member of the A Child is Missing Alert Program.
The program is similar to what the state has in the Amber Alerts, but the A Child is Missing Alert Program places actual calls to local citizens — more than 1,000 calls within 60 seconds. The alert message will include the age of the missing person, a description of the person, their clothing description, and the last known time and location of where the person was seen. The alert covers under persons under the age of 21 and disabled and elderly persons, often with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“Once an officer takes a missing person report that falls under the guidelines of his program, we will place a immediate call to the A Child is Missing Alert Program operators who then will input the information into their automatic data system and a recorded message will be sent out to all local telephone numbers in the New Boston and Scioto County areas, informing our local citizens of the alert,” said New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins.
The standard Alert Program utilizes computer mapping and enhanced satellite imagery to select an appropriate calling area, and will call between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., unless significant extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise. Police departments also have access to 24-hour alert calls. Unlisted phone numbers and cell phone numbers can also be entered into the database at www.achildismissing.org to receive alert calls.
According to the program, a child is reported missing in the United States every 40 seconds.
Goins said getting missing persons information out to the general public in a quick and timely manner is a major factor in helping find the missing child or elderly person before they are hurt. The more people in our area that can assist the police in going out in their neighborhood and helping to look for the person, the more likely the outcome will be successful in finding the person.
“This program will most definitely benefit the department in how we search and look for missing persons. The program is also a free service to all law enforcement agencies,” Goins said.
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