LISA Augments Amber Alerts in Ohio
Police in Lorain County, OH, have begun using a new public safety tool called LISA, or Lorain Information Sharing Agreement, to supplement the Amber Alert system.
LISA, which is the first system of its kind in Ohio, distributes electronic pictures, video surveillance images, audio, and other information to police within a matter of minutes.
With the Amber Alert system, it often takes time for alerts and news bulletins to be issued for missing children and wanted subjects in other crimes.
LISA also sends the same information it sends to law enforcement to the public via computer, cell phone, or PDA. Citizens can also use LISA to anonymously post crime information.
Since its launch, roughly 2,000 people per day connect to the LISA site, and 50 have registered for alerts. In LISA’s first week, it sent 130 alerts to police in the county. Thirty-five of those alerts were also sent out to the public.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from Police and Security News (02/07); Vol. 23, No. 1, P. 9.