Silver Alert Initial Reporting Form
TO BE COMPLETED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY
The Mississippi Silver Alert System was created in House Bill 664 of the 2010 Regular Legislative Session. The Silver Alert System, which is similar to the Amber Alert System for children, is designed to help spread the message about a missing person, 18 years or older with dementia or other cognitive impairment, in hopes to locate the person as quickly as possible.
The Silver Alert System increases public awareness on preparation, prevention and response to wandering behaviors of our state’s most vulnerable adults. After a family member or caregiver files a missing persons report with local law enforcement, information will be entered into the National Crime Information Center and the Bureau of Investigation of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
If the person missing is believed to be in a vehicle, information and photos can be sent to statewide communication systems, news media and other public communication resources. The Silver Alert Training Initiative is collaborative effort between the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter and Mississippi Nurses Association.
Training about prevention, preparation and response has been conducted across the state to educate the public about wandering and the Silver Alert System.
If your situation meets the criteria for activation of the Silver Alert System, first contact your local police or sheriff’s department from where the person is missing. The required forms must be filed with local law enforcement and they will notify the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
For more information about wandering, contact Alzheimer’s Mississippi at (601) 987-0020 or the Mississippi Department of Mental Health at (601) 359-1288.