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2/26/2013 7:00:00 PM
Sheriff announces Lost Alert program

Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan is proud to announce the sheriffs department's Lost Alert Program. This program is designed to help members of the sheriff's department, along with local agencies, locate a missing child or adult who has developmental disabilities or a higher-than-usual risk of wandering off or becoming lost.

Previously, Grundy County did not have a program that enabled law enforcement to identify individuals with developmental disabilities or a higher-than-usual risk of wandering off or becoming lost. Due to the lack of readily available information, time was lost that could have been spent immediately attempting to locate the individual.

By obtaining this information in advance, Grundy County sheriff's deputies and local municipality officers can engage in action without losing valuable time trying to collect the information.

The Grundy County Lost Alert Program will maintain a database containing the information of children and adults in Grundy County who have developmental disabilities, medical disabilities, or a higher-than-usual risk of wandering off or becoming lost. These developmental or medical disabilities can include, but are not limited to Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Acquired Brain Injuries, Intellectual Disabilities, Severe Mental Health Disabilities such as Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, or any other disability or special need that would meet the criteria of the program.

This file will contain the person's name, photograph, address, contact information and any other useful information that may assist in locating them as quickly as possible. Within seconds of being notified the child or adult is missing, deputies can begin a search without losing the valuable time it would take to collect the information. This database will also allow law enforcement personnel to identify individuals they may come in contact with who refuse or are unable to give identification information.

This program is voluntary to parents, guardians, family members and caretakers of children or adults with special needs who they feel may wander or become lost. All information will be kept completely confidential, with no access to anyone other than law enforcement personnel, used only for locating a missing person. There is no cost for the program and the information can be removed at any time.

"We are proud to make this public service available to our citizens. Our hope is that this program will never be needed to locate a lost child or adult, however we are excited about the ability to further protect the citizens of Grundy County and provide such a valuable service," said Sheriff Callahan.

Lost Alert request forms and information will soon be available on the sheriffs department's website: Forms can be printed and returned to the sheriff's department in person, by mail, or may be returned via email as directed on the website. Information and request forms are available at the Grundy County Health Department, and will be distributed at several schools and various locations in the county.

For any additional information contact Sergeant Tanya Paquette at 815-941-3122.

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