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Back To News Listing 📰 Colfax Police Go High Tech to Search for Missing Children
📅 Wednesday, September 15, 2010
  • Colfax Police Chief Michael Scott has formalized an agreement with the "A Child Is Missing Alert Program"(ACIM) that has led to a high tech method now in place to search locally for missing children, missing elderly persons and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled.


    Effective August 27, 2010, upon receipt of missing person calls, the Colfax Police Department will make it's first phone call to a toll-free number that rings in Ft. Lauderdale Fla., the National Headquarters of the "A Child Is Missing Alert Program".  The call, answered 24/7/365 by an Information and Mapping Technician, iniitates a rapid process of information gathering and use of sophisticated mapping systems.  ACIM then launches potentially thousands of calls within minutes with an alert message detailing the missing person's description, last known whereabouts, and pertinant information.  This alert message will also include a Colfax Police Department phone number for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person.


    This service is a free service to law enforcement.  Colfax Police officials will evaluate each potential activation of the ACIM Alert Program to ensure 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 the Alert Program.


    Phone numbers that are called by this program include listed numbers and mobile available to ACIM in the selected area.  Mobile numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband/voice over IP numbers, ot TDD/TTY devices can be added to ensure they, too, are called in the event of an alert.  To enter your number or device visit www.achildismissing.org and click on "add your name" to enter your name number and address.  This information will ONLY be used for alerts.


    A Child Is Missing is a nationwide non-profit organization that helps law enforcement agencies locate missing children, missing elderly, missing college students and missing handicapped persons.  ACIM 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.