A Child is Missing training held



The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office hosted a training session by the Florida based organization "A Child is Missing" (ACIM) today. The training was attended by over 40 law enforcement officers from agencies across the upstate and midland South Carolina.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has participated in the program for over one year, and has successfully used the program in the past. The program was held because a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States. Your child has a 1 in 42 chance of going missing.

A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is a national non-profit organization offering free assistance to law enforcement to aid in recovering missing persons (including children, teens, and elderly). They provide immediate telephone alerts to the surrounding community when an individual goes missing. To this date, ACIM alerts have led to more than 285 recoveries.

Activated only by law enforcement, the ACIM program is available nationwide.

ACIM can place 1,000 calls in sixty seconds, can process multiple cases simultaneously, and can work without jurisdictional boundaries.

ACIM also has a sexual predator / offender program, offered in states that allow law enforcement to notify residents that a predator has moved into their neighborhood.


ACIM plans to begin new notification programs such as: Child Abduction Response Team (CART), Airport Alerts, School Lockdown, and College / University Alerts.

An officer has verified that an individual is missing and an ACIM technician is called. The officer gives the technician the pertinent information about the missing person, including description, clothes worn and time/location last seen. The technician records a personalized message with case details asking residents for information and to check their premises. Answering machines can pick up ACIM calls so that residents can hear the alert when returning home.

After recovery, the agency calls ACIM to stop the search. ACIM then faxes a case follow-up form to the officer/agency to be filled out, documenting the conclusion of the case.


A Child is Missing website