Lincoln Police Department goes high-tech to search for missing
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[January 25, 2011]
Lincoln Police Department Chief Kenneth
Greenslate has formalized an agreement with the A Child Is Missing
alert program. This program is a high-tech method to search locally
for missing children, missing elderly (often with Alzheimer's),
college students, and missing individuals who may be mentally or
physically challenged or disabled.
Effective immediately, upon receipt of a call about a missing
individual, the Lincoln Police Department will make a phone call to
a toll-free number that rings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the national
headquarters of the A Child Is Missing organization. The call,
answered 24/7/365 by an information and mapping technician,
initiates a rapid process of information gathering and use of
sophisticated mapping systems.
A Child Is Missing then launches
potentially thousands of calls within minutes with an alert message
detailing the missing person's description, last known whereabouts
and pertinent information. This alert message will also include a
Lincoln Police Department phone number for use by anyone with
information relating to the missing person.
This program is a free service. Lincoln Police Department
officials will evaluate each potential activation of the program to
ensure the application is appropriate to the case and that the
system is optimally used. Policies, procedures and employee training
will also guide the most efficient and effective use of this alert
Phone numbers that are called by this program include listed
numbers and mobile numbers available to the ACIM organization in the
selected area. Mobile numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband voice
over IP numbers and TDD/TTY devices can be added to ensure they,
too, are called in the event of an alert. To enter your cell phone,
unlisted, voice over IP or TDD/TTY device number, visit
and sign up for alerts, submitting your name, number and address.
This information will only be used for emergency message alerts.
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A Child Is Missing is a nationwide nonprofit organization that uses
sophisticated computer mapping systems and trained technicians with
the capacity to place 1,000 alert phone calls in one minute to
residents and businesses in the area where someone has gone missing.
To date the efforts of A Child Is Missing have been credited with
more than 790 safe assisted recoveries.
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