Arkansas Silver Alert System
Operating Protocol – Effective: August 6, 2015
The Arkansas State Police through mutual agreement with the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association and the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police hosts an Internet web site providing a public means to receive alert notifications from the Arkansas Silver Alert System.
Time is of the essence when individuals with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders wander off or become lost. The Silver Alert Program was developed to provide vital information to authorities to assist in the search and safe recovery of these individuals, and quickly reunite them with their loved ones and/or caregivers.
Modeled after the Amber Alert, the Silver Alert is an emergency system which law enforcement can use to disseminate statewide alerts for missing seniors and/or other adults with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders.
Activation of the Silver Alert System may be initiated at the request of Arkansas sheriffs and police chiefs based on confirmed law enforcement reporting that a missing person can be considered as the subject of an alert if the individual:
- has been adjudicated by a court to be incapable of managing his or her own personal affairs (i.e. through a guardianship proceeding); or
- has a documented diagnosis of a mental illness, injury or other condition causing the person to be incapable of making personal care decisions; or
- is strongly suspected, by that person’s caregiver or family member, to be afflicted with some form of dementia.
Arkansas sheriffs and police chiefs desiring the issuance of a Silver Alert must complete the ASP created uniform questionnaire designed to capture the data necessary for ASP Troop A Communications personnel to enter that data into the electronic mail template. The uniform questionnaire is publicly available from the ASP website.
Arkansas sheriffs and police chiefs desiring the issuance of a Silver Alert are responsible to ensure that the individual or family member reporting the person missing and, thereby, requesting the issuance of a Silver Alert be:
- the legal guardian of the person who is the subject of the Silver Alert;
- an immediate family member living in the same household with the person who is the subject of the Silver Alert;
- a caregiver who has had recent contact with the person who is the subject of the Silver Alert.
When a fully completed official alert request form (signed by the sheriff, police chief or an official designee), has been received at Arkansas State Police Troop A Communications Center, personnel on-duty at the communication center will immediately notify the ASP Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Commander by telephone and by email.
The CID Commander will review the submitted alert request form for consideration of alert activation. Should alert request form lack sufficient detail for activation of the alert, the law enforcement agency making the request may be asked to submit an official missing person report.
Only after the CID Commander has determined the request meets the above mandatory criteria will authorization be given to ASP Troop A Communications personnel to disseminate the alert to the Arkansas Silver Alert subscribers.