Sedona AZ (April 23, 2012) – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has formalized an agreement with the “A Child Is Missing Alert Program” (ACIM), part of a high tech method now in place to search locally for missing children, missing elderly (often with Alzheimer’s), college students, and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled.
Upon receipt of missing person call, the YCSO communications personnel will make its first phone call to a toll-free number that rings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—the national headquarters of the A Child Is Missing Alert Program. The call, answered 24 hours day all year 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 the YCSO phone number for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person.
This program is a free service to law enforcement. YCSO officials will evaluate each potential activation of the ACIM alert to confirm 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 efficient and effective use of this Alert Program.
Phone numbers called by this program include listed numbers and mobile numbers available to ACIM in the selected area. Mobile numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband/voice-over IP numbers, or TDD/TTY devices can be added to ensure they are also called in the event of an alert.
Anyone may participate in this program. To enter your contact information, visit http://www.achildismissing.org/sign.asp. This information will only be used for emergency message alerts. The link to ACIM is also available on the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov directly under the “Meet the Sheriff” tab.
A Child is Missing utilizes 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 920 safe assisted recoveries.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions.