INDIANAPOLIS — As of the first week of February, there were 453 children reported missing in the state of Indiana. Nationwide, a child goes missing on average of once every 40 seconds. Employees with the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) are doing their part to help those children, and other vulnerable persons, be recovered safely.
Partnering with A Child Is Missing, a non-profit that works with law enforcement agencies to alert people about missing persons that could be proximal to their location, the IAA will now have their company-issued mobile phone devices for nearly 100 employees enrolled in the ACIM alert program.
“They’ve been around since the late ‘90s,” explained Carlo Bertolini of the IAA. “It’s available at no cost and we figure since we have a number of airport-issued mobile devices, it made sense to partner with our neighbors in the event there’s a missing child or vulnerable person in our neighborhood and hopefully help bring them to a safe resolution.”
ACIM sends out alerts regarding not only missing children, but college students, the elderly, and those with disabilities. The agency has contributed to the recovery of eight people in Indiana since December of 2011.
Bertolini said response to the idea has been positive.
“We communicated internally before moving forward to make sure people were aware of it,” he said. “It’s a case by case detail about what sort of information they would see.”
Having the option in a constantly moving area like the IAA can only be a benefit, Bertolini said.
“Anytime there’s a major transit area like this, there might be a risk of someone’s who’s vulnerable here,” he said. “We have our own police department who would be involved and they’re well trained. This is just another layer to that.”
Individuals who are interested in more information or enrolling their own wireless devices may do so by visiting the ACIM website at achildismissing.org. They may also call the Indiana Clearinghouse for Information on Missing Children and Endangered Adults at (800) 831-8953.