So, A Child is Missing can place 1,000 calls in 60 seconds, process multiple cases simultaneously and work without jurisdictional boundaries. But, just how can it pull off such a feat?
First, there is the call to law enforcement to report a missing child, often autistic, or elderly, often with Alzheimer’s, or disabled person. That’s the first call everyone makes. The law enforcement agency then calls ACIM toll-free and the alert program goes to work on behalf of the victim.
A long list of pertinent information about the victim and the case is collected. Some of that information includes:
*Name of the law enforcement agency and city, county and state where it’s located;
*Name, birthdate, gender, nationality, height and weight of the missing person; and
*ACIM also obtains hair and eye color and a clothing description for basic alert purposes.
But A Child is Missing digs deeper because any detail could break a case and return home a loved one.
*Any scars, physical characteristics, or medical and psychological conditions to be aware of;
*Home address, including zip code, and location last seen with zip code if different than the residence; and
*Police department phone number for the public to call and report information. The goal, though, of ACIM is not just assisting the victim but also to aid law enforcement in the recovery of someone’s missing loved one;
*Case number or reference number assigned to the case and if there is water or wooded areas in the vicinity;
*Have friends and family been contacted? Has the person gone missing before? Is foul play, kidnapping or parental abduction suspected?
*If the missing person is a child, is the agency aware of any sexual predators within one mile of the last seen address?
A Child Is Missing also requests cell phone or beeper numbers to reach officers on the scene for additional information that will lead to a swift successful recovery.
From all these details, ACIM makes a recorded message and the location where the missing person was last seen is entered into a database of phone numbers of area residents and businesses that have been gathered. The message is then sent out to the community within a half-mile radius.
When any person is reported missing near water, urgency is heightened. The immediate area is canvassed with the message and the search area is expanded if the person has not been found. ACIM doesn’t quit after messages have been sent. It continues to work
with officers on the scene and/or the communications department until the missing person is found. It doesn’t stop until law enforcement stops.
After recovery, the agency calls ACIM to stop the search. ACIM then sends a case follow-up form to the officer/agency to document the conclusion of the case. The agency returns the form to ACIM for assistance in obtaining funding to continue offering services to law enforcement.
A Child is Missing doesn’t rest on accomplishments. A missing loved one can never be found too swiftly.
To donate, log on to: www.achildismissing.org/donate.asp