MILWAUKEE (AP) - A new Wisconsin system will send alerts when an at-risk adult has gone missing.
The Silver Alert program starts Friday (August 1st) and will operate similar to the nationwide Amber Alert system for missing children.
It will use the state's pre-existing Crime Alert Network to quickly get out information about missing adults who may be in danger.
It's intended to help find people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in particular.
Law enforcement agencies will send the information to broadcasters and others to get the word out about the missing senior.
The program's coordinator says about 30 other states have similar systems in place.
The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support.
Governor Scott Walker signed it into law in April.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.