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October 3, 2011

Oklahoma: 173 Silver Alerts since 2009

by silveralertbill

According to the Daily Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Silver Alert system has been activated 173 times since the law was enacted in 2009. Silver Alerts in Oklahoma date back to 2006, when the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety began issuing them in response to a non-binding resolution from the Oklahoma legislature.

Oklahoma‘s older residents are straying from care, and the “Silver Alert” system shows the trend. Since it was passed in 2009, the law has prompted 173 Silver Alert broadcasts on television and radio in the state. To be included in a Silver Alert, the missing person must be 60 or older and have a documented case of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a life-threatening physical impairment. The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System oversees the alerts, which were modeled after the “Amber Alert” for lost children. Police chiefs and sheriffs originally issue a Silver Alert, and later monitor the outcome.

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