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Silver Alerts to include missing, endangered child category July 1

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Effective July 1, Indiana House Bill 1248 will become law, amending Indiana Code 10-13-5-4.4 to include the category of “missing endangered child” in Silver Alerts, the Indiana State Police is reporting. The amended law defines a “missing endangered child: as a missing child who is believed to be incapable of returning to the missing child’s residence without assistance because of any of the following:

* Mental illness

* Intellectual disability.

* Or any physical or mental disability.

The change in the law has resulted in an update to the Silver Alert criteria, as listed below:

* The person must be a Missing Endangered Adult, Missing Endangered Child, High Risk Missing Person or have a mental impairment validated through a credible medical authority (Physician, Physician’s Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner).

* There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.

* Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.

* Enter the person into Indiana Data and Communications System (IDACS) / National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

There is no change to the AMBER Alert criteria, as listed below:

* The child must be under 18 years of age.

* The child must be believed to be abducted, and in danger of serious bodily harm or death.

* There must be enough descriptive information to believe the broadcast will help.

* Request must be recommended by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction.

Recommendations:

* If you know someone who goes missing, immediately contact your local law enforcement.

* Consider using your social media for assistance.

* Routinely keep updated images of your children and immediate family members.

* Routinely keep in contact with those who may be suffering from a mental or physical impairment.

* Contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678 for additional resources and assistance related to missing children.

 

 

Posted 6/26/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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