Legislation co-introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) aimed at aiding local law enforcement agencies in locating missing children and elderly adults passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
The Child and Elderly Missing Alert Program Act of 2012 (H.R. 4305) is a bipartisan bill that will allow eligible non-profit organizations to assist Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in the safe recovery of missing children or elderly adults through the use of rapid alert telephone and cellular calls.
Speaking on the floor of the House, Rep. Chabot shared a local success story where this technology helped bring a little girl home, safely.
"A recent success story in my District highlights the value of a targeted telephone and cellular alert program. On February 1, 2012, a 9-year-old girl was reported missing from her home after she went to walk her dog and did not return. Sergeant Beavers, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, contacted A Child Is Missing and provided the girl's description to be distributed via telephone alert. Nearly 1,700 alert calls were made asking that anyone with information contact the police. According to the case follow-up report, after the alert was activated, several calls were received immediately -- some containing valuable tips. The police used these tips to locate the girl safely, approximately one half mile away from her home in less than an hour after activation of the alert."
"When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, it is important that we first equip our law enforcement at the local level," Rep. Chabot said. "H.R. 4305 would facilitate the partnership of privately run programs with law enforcement and members of the community to safely recover missing individuals."