Tennessee Silver Alert profiled by WBIR-TV
WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee recently profiled the Silver Alert program in Tennessee for its story “Silver Alert an option for law enforcement to help find missing elderly.”
The story highlights the close relationship between local law enforcement and Alzheimer’s organizations in Tennessee to teach Silver Alert best practices to find missing seniors.
“When a senior goes missing, it’s similar to the Amber Alert we have for children,” said the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Janice Wade-Whitehead.
Silver Alert became law back in 2009, but there’s no state funding for it, so law enforcement has the option whether to participate in the Silver Alert Program.
“It’s infrastructure that’s put into place. There’s lots of educational opportunities for law enforcement to find out more about the Silver Alert,” said Wade-Whitehead.
“The Alzheimer’s association has come over…trained each individual officer,” said Blount County Sheriff, James Lee Berrong.