Eugene police to use phones to alert citizens about missing people

Eugene police to use phones to alert citizens about missing people

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene police plan to use the A Child is Missing Alert Program, a high tech method now in place to search for missing children, missing elders (often with medical conditions such as Alzheimer's), college students and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled. >>> Enroll your unlisted/cell number | Predatory sex offender notice

It's as close as a phone call now when the Eugene Police Department determine the case warrants extra eyes to help safely return a missing individual.

Detectives in Eugene can call a toll-free number that rings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - the national headquarters of a A Child is Missing Alert Program. 

The call, answered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per 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 a Eugene Police Department phone number for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person.

This program is a free service to law enforcement.

Eugene police officials will evaluate each potential activation of the A Child is Missing Alert Program to ensure the application is appropriate to the case and to ensure the system is optimally used, the department said.

Policies, procedures, and employee training will also guide the most efficient and effective use of this Alert Program.

How to enroll unlisted/cell numbers

Phone numbers that are called by this program include listed numbers in the selected area. Mobile numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband/voice-over IP numbers, or TDD/TTY devices can be added to ensure they, too, are called in the event of an alert. 

To enter your cell phone, unlisted number, broadband/voice-over IP or TDD/TTY device number visit:  www.achildismissing.org and click on "add your name" to enter your name, number and address. 

This information will only be used for emergency alert messages.

Sex offender notice

A component of the ACIM program includes Sex Offender Notifications. Eugene police have enrolled to participate in this service as well. 

When the EPD Violent Crimes Unit receives notification of the registration of a Predatory Sex Offender, detectives will follow up with a visit to the listed address to confirm its accuracy. Notification then will be sent to A Child is Missing and a recorded message prepared similar to the emergency notifications above will be sent out around 7 p.m. local time.