“A Child is Missing” Alert Program

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department has a new tool to help locate missing children, missing elderly and missing persons who are mentally or physically challenged, it’s called a Child is Missing”.

A Child is Missing is a nationwide alert program with technicians on call 24/7, 365 days who utilize sophisticated mapping systems and satellite imagery input into a system with the capacity to place 1000 alert phone calls to the area where the person was last seen or is believed to be.

Upon taking a report of a missing person from one of the high risk categories, the police department notifies A Child is Missing via a toll free phone number. After key information is passed along, A Child is Missing begins to work. Phones in residences and businesses in the area where the missing person was last seen begin to ring. A Child is Missing informs all residents and businesses of the description of the missing person and asks them to check their yards and complexes.

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department used this new tool for the first time on December 7, 2010. Police received a report of a missing eighty year old woman in the area of Livingston St. The Police Department activated A Child is Missing as part of their efforts to ensure the safe recovery of this woman. More than 1400 alert calls were placed around the woman’s home and where she had last been seen. The department received several phone calls from residents in the area one of which provided a direction of travel which was used to direct the search. The woman was located and reunited with her family with the help of A child is Missing.

If you are a City of Poughkeepsie resident with an unpublished, cell phone, or broadband/voice-over IP number and would like to be a part of the A Child is Missing alert system you can register your number at www.achildismissing.org . Click on “add your name” and follow the simple steps to enter your number. Your number will only be used for emergency alert calls.

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