The Murrysville Police Department has enrolled in “A Child Is Missing Alert Program” (ACIM). This new resource will assist our department in attempting to locate a missing child (those under twenty-one years of age), whether they become missing by being lost, having run away, or by criminal abduction. Additionally, this resource can be utilized when anyone of any age, who is mentally or physically challenged, disabled, or elderly (Alzheimer’s/Dementia), go missing.
How the system works:
When someone goes missing as described above, an officer will contact ACIM (#1.888.875.2246, pager # 954.492.4778) and speak to a technician who will be assigned to the case. Information will be provided to the technician that includes the name of the individual, description, location last seen, time and date last seen. There will be other general questions asked by the technician that will need to be answered. The technician will then prepare a personalized message with case details that will be sent out by placing 1000 phone calls a minute to residents and businesses in the area the missing person was last seen. This is done by utilizing state-of-the-art geo-mapping and satellite imagery. The technician will make periodic contacts with our agency until the case is resolved. This program is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
The AICM resource will add to our department’s current resources: LOCATER, Amber Alert, and Nixle. A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States, and the first two to three hours are the most critical times when trying to locate a child, with the hope of a safe recovery.
This resource is being provided to our Department free and is funded by government grants, corporations, foundations, and individuals. It’s important for the public to know that unlisted phone numbers and cell phone numbers are not part of the calling database, but can be added through a simple registration process on the ACIM website at www.achildismissing.org. Generally, the calls are made between 7 AM and 10:30 PM, unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise. This is determined by the police department.
Chief Thomas P. Seefeld