Local law enforcement now has another tool to help protect children, the disabled and the elderly in Cheboygan County in U.S.A. The County Sheriff Dale Clarmont said that the “A Child Is Missing” program utilizes satellite imagery, geographical mapping and telephone technology to alert local residents when a child is reported missing.
Clarmont explained how the program works: When a deputy responds to a report of a child missing, they first conduct a preliminary investigation to ensure that the child is not hiding or has wandered nearby. If the child cannot be located, the officer will develop a description with information such as what the child was wearing, a physical description and the location where the child was last seen. The deputy then calls a specific number and gives the information to a dispatcher who then determines the calling area. The dispatch will then implement a unique calling system, putting out 1,000 calls within 60 seconds to all homes and businesses in the area. If the child is reported in another location, another 1,000 calls can go out.