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Jun 22, 2011 11:19 AM by David Ortiviz

Police develop program to help find missing seniors

When an elderly person goes missing every minute counts. Seniors may have physical or mental issues that put them at added risk. The Pueblo Police Department has developed a new program designed to help find missing seniors quickly.

"It's very similar to the Amber Alert process, but this one here is for the senior citizens," said Ofc. Randell Ramos, with the Pueblo Police Department.

It's called the Senior I.C.E. Project. Pueblo police are making digital files for seniors with their personal photos, a picture of their vehicle, their description, medical and contact information stored on a CD. Seniors are told to keep the CD on their fridge where officers can find it quickly, in case of an emergency. "So the officers know exactly who they're looking for," said Ofc. Ramos.

Officer Ramos created the program a few months ago after an elderly man went missing and the only photos of him were more than 30 years old. "A lot of times when we go to some type of missing senior citizen, the photographs are older, so it's kind of hard to get a good picture of what they look like," said Ofc. Ramos.

All this is information is necessary when law enforcement issues a Silver Alert for a missing senior with Alzheimer's or other cognitive disorders. A program modeled after the Amber Alert system. "If we have a person that especially has medical or illness type of problems, there's more of an urgency to find that type of person, so we can get that information and get it out," said Ofc. Ramos.

Police point out this is not a database. Files are deleted off the hard drive and the paper trail is shredded.

Pueblo Police will be making CDs Today (June 22) and Tomorrow (June 23) at the Senior Resource Development Agency in Pueblo. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you can't make the event contact Cpl. Pat Heine at 553-2519 or at pheine@pueblo.us

 

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