OIN Police employ new missing persons technology

Abbey Woodcock 04/03/09More articles
The Oneida Indian Nation Police Department has formalized an agreement with “A Child Is Missing Alert Program” that has led to a high-tech method to search locally for missing children, elderly, college students, and persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled.

Upon receipt of missing persons calls, the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department contacts the national headquarters of the non-profit organization in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The call, answered 24/7, 365 days a 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 an Oneida Indian Nation Police Departments phone number 829-8100 for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person.

“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 450 safe assisted recoveries.

Telephone numbers that are called by this program include listed numbers in the selected area, but do not include cell phone numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband/voice-over IP 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 cell phone, unlisted, broadband/voice-over IP or TDD/TTY device number visit achildismissing.org and click on “add your name” to enter your name, number, and address. This information will only be used for emergency message alerts

TAGS: Oneida Indian Nation, missing persons, Amber alerts
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