Police Officers Using New Technology To Locate Missing Persons
Some police departments in Connecticut are using the Lost Child Alert Technology Resource, also known as Locater, to quickly create missing-person posters and easily hand them out at roll call as well as distribute them to other agencies, the press, and the general public via fax machines and email.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Locater program head Jim Samuels points to more than 300 cases resolved in the past four years using the technology.
Along with the Amber Alert system, Locater is able to quickly and widely distribute information, which ultimately means faster resolution of cases.
NCMEC provides Locater systems, which cost $2,300 each, to law enforcement departments who apply with funding from a federal Department of Justice grant.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Associated Press (05/08/03); Gould, Joe.