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Oneida Indian Nation police go high-tech to search for missing persons

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VERONA, N.Y. – The Oneida Indian Nation Police Department has formalized an agreement with the A Child Is Missing Alert Program that has led to a high-tech method to search locally for missing children, elderly, college students and persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled.

Upon receipt of missing person calls, the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department contacts the national headquarters of the nonprofit organization in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The call, answered 24/7, 365 days a year by an information and mapping technician, initiates a rapid process of information gathering and use of sophisticated mapping systems. A Child Is Missing then launches potentially thousands of calls within minutes with an alert message detailing the missing person’s description, last known whereabouts and other pertinent information. This alert message includes the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department phone number, (315) 829-8100, for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person.

A Child is Missing uses sophisticated computer mapping systems and trained technicians with the capacity to place 1,000 alert calls in one minute to residents and businesses in the area where someone has gone missing. To date, the program has been credited with more than 450 safe assisted recoveries.

Telephone numbers that are called by this program include listed numbers in the selected area, but do not include cell phone numbers unlisted numbers, broadband/voice-over IP numbers, or TDD/TTY devices. These numbers can be added to ensure they, too, are called in the event of an alert. To enter your cell phone, unlisted, broadband/voice-over IP or TDD/TTY device number, visit www.achildismissing.org and click on “add your name.” This information will be used only for emergency

message alerts.

Editor’s note: Indian Country Today is a division of Four Directions Media, which is owned by Oneida Nation Enterprises, LLC