Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. Launches New Missing Person Program
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is counting on you to help them when it comes to finding missing children or elderly people in your neighborhood.
The department has teamed up with the "A Child Is Missing Alert Program". They're asking that you go to the web site, AChildIsMissing.org, to give your contact numbers. Then, if a child or elderly person goes missing in your area you'll receive a phone call alerting you.
"The more eyes we have out there saying, "Hey, I might have just spotted this person," it allows us to respond to that area and hopefully find somebody that may be missing," says Sheriff John Burns.
The organization, which is based in Florida, says in 15 years, they have sent out over 54 million alerts across the country.
"We have 1,080 save assisted recoveries the records we kept in the year 2000," says Sherry Friedlander of "A Child Is Missing."
"This is great for the police agencies. We only have a certain many deputies out there or even State Police or City Police. There's only so many of us. We can't be every place at one time," adds Burns.
Officials say you won't receive any other calls, just alerts if needed. With a child going missing every 40 seconds, officials say this program is key to finding missing people.
"This whole program is based on the community getting involved giving us the phone numbers and wanting to be involved in maybe helping find somebody or maybe even saving a life," says Burns
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Watertown, NY