A Child Is Missing Program

In 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation entered 635,155 missing person records into the National Crime Information Center. Of that total, 466,949 missing persons were under age 18.

Missing Persons Recovery
The City of Avondale Estates participates in A Child Is Missing (ACIM), a nonprofit organization that assists law enforcement in the early search and safe recovery of:
  • Children
  • College students on campus in the United States
  • Older people (often with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia)
  • People with disabilities
How the Program Works
The ACIM Alert Program acts on behalf of law enforcement in notifying communities about missing persons that fit the aforementioned categories. This program is activated only by law enforcement and is available to all municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Action Steps
  • After a person is reported missing, ACIM uses a high-speed telephone alert to inform residents and businesses in the area surrounding where the missing person was last seen.
  • Computer mapping and satellite imagery are used by ACIM Recovery Specialists, who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their system is capable of placing 1,000 alert calls in 1 minute. These alerts contain:
    • A detailed description of the individual
    • Their last known whereabouts
    • The name and phone number of the agency working the case
  • Call recipients are prompted to call that agency or 911 if they have information pertaining to the case or the missing person.
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