Senator Boxer Supports Bill to Create Silver Alert
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I am pleased to let you know that I have joined a bipartisan effort to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens. The Silver Alert Act would create a national alert system, modeled after the Amber Alert, providing federal coordination and assistance across state lines to locate missing seniors.
The need for this legislation is clear. With an aging population, and a growing number of people who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's disease, thousands of adults go missing every year. Thus, while local law enforcement officials continue to work hard to locate missing seniors, a coordinated national effort makes sense.
The Amber Alert program has proven to be successful in many cases involving missing children. It provides a good model to provide law enforcement agencies with the added resources they need to locate loved ones.
The Silver Alert Act specifically encourages states to develop Silver Alert plans and provides funding to enhance and integrate Silver Alert plans that are currently in place in various states. As an example, local law enforcement agencies could utilize road signs and local media to locate missing adults. The legislation also directs the Department of Justice to establish a national communications network to assist efforts to locate missing senior citizens, and it reauthorizes Kristen's Act, which helps to maintain a national clearinghouse for missing adults.
Alzheimer’s disease strikes roughly a half million people each year, and their families struggle to cope with the growing problems the disease causes. This legislation is intended to provide an important layer of support for these people. I assure you that I will work for its passage.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer