H.R. 4305 (112th): Child and Elderly Missing Alert Program

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 12, 2012 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4305

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 12, 2012

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

AN ACT

To authorize the Attorney General to provide a grant to assist Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing individuals.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Child and Elderly Missing Alert Program.

2.

Program to assist Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children, the elderly, and disabled individuals

Section 1701 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796dd) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (16), by striking and after the semicolon;

(B)

in paragraph (17), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(18)

to permit eligible nonprofit organizations to assist Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children, elderly individuals, and disabled individuals through the use of a rapid telephone and cellular alert call system, in accordance with subsection (l).

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(l)

Child and Elderly Missing Alerts

(1)

In general

The Attorney General is authorized to award grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to assist Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in the rapid recovery of missing children, elderly individuals, and disabled individuals through the use of a rapid telephone and cellular alert call system.

(2)

Specified use of funds

The grants awarded under this subsection shall be used to—

(A)

provide services to Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies, in response to a request from such agencies, to promote the rapid recovery of a missing child, an elderly individual, or a disabled individual by utilizing rapid telephone and cellular alert calls;

(B)

maintain and expand technologies and techniques to ensure the highest level of performance of such services;

(C)

provide both centralized and on-site training and distribute information to Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agency officials about missing children, elderly individuals, and disabled individuals and use of a rapid telephone and cellular alert call system;

(D)

provide services to Federal, State, tribal, and local Child Abduction Response Teams;

(E)

assist Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking through the use of rapid telephone and cellular alert calls;

(F)

share appropriate information on cases with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the AMBER Alert, Silver Alert, and Blue Alert programs, and appropriate Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies; and

(G)

assist appropriate organizations, including Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies, with education and prevention programs related to missing children, elderly individuals, and disabled individuals.

(3)

Eligibility

To be an eligible nonprofit organization for purposes of a grant under this subsection, a nonprofit organization shall have experience providing rapid telephone and cellular alert calls on behalf of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to find missing children and elderly adults.

(4)

Grant period and renewal

The Attorney General shall determine an appropriate grant period for grants awarded under this subsection. Such grants may be renewed at the discretion of the Attorney General.

(5)

Evaluation

The Attorney General shall require each grantee under this subsection to annually submit the results of the monitoring and evaluations required under subsections (a) and (b) of section 1705, and shall publish an annual report regarding such results and the effectiveness of the activities carried out under each such grant.

(6)

Inapplicable provisions

The following provisions of this part shall not apply to grants awarded under this subsection:

(A)

Subsection (j) of this section (relating to grants to Indian tribes).

(B)

Section 1703 (relating to renewal of grants).

(7)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Child

The term child means an individual under 21 years of age.

(B)

Disabled individual

The term disabled individual means—

(i)

an individual with 1 or more disabilities (as defined in section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)); or

(ii)

an individual who has been diagnosed by a physician or other qualified medical professional with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

(C)

Elderly individual

The term elderly individual means an individual who is 60 years of age or older.

(D)

Missing

The term missing, with respect to a child, an elderly individual, or a disabled individual, means such a child or individual who has been reported to law enforcement as missing and whose whereabouts are unknown to Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies.

(E)

Rapid telephone and cellular alert call system

The term rapid telephone and cellular alert call system means an automated system with the ability to place at least 1,000 telephone and cellular calls in 60 seconds to a specific geographic area determined by law enforcement—

(i)

based on the last known whereabouts of a missing individual; or

(ii)

based on other evidence and determined by such law enforcement agency to be necessary to the search for the missing individual.

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Passed the House of Representatives September 11, 2012.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk