A new alert system has been launched by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist in the search for missing adults who have mental, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities but do not meet the criteria for a statewide Silver Alert.
According to a press release issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Purple Alert plan was developed by the Florida Legislature, and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the legislation into law before he took office.
The following are the conditions that must be met in order to issue a Purple Alert:
- The individual is at least 18 years old but does not meet the criteria for a Silver Alert at the state or local level.
- The individual does not have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related disorder, and they do not have an intellectual or developmental disability, a brain injury, or another physical, mental, or emotional disability that is not related to substance abuse. They also do not have a disability that is caused by a brain injury.
- The investigation that was conducted by the local law enforcement agency came to the conclusion that the disappearance poses a credible threat of immediate danger or serious bodily harm to the person who is missing, and the only way for them to be returned to safety is with the assistance of law enforcement.
- There is a comprehensive description of the person who has gone missing that is ready for dissemination.
- The Florida Crime Information Center has been updated with the information regarding the missing person (FCIC).
- The local law enforcement agency strongly suggests going ahead with the activation.
The citizens who have signed up to receive the alerts will be the first to receive them once they are issued. According to the press release, they will also be displayed on highway message signs whenever it is appropriate to do so.
Additionally, the alerts will be published on the public website of the FDLE.
Sign up on the website of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to receive the Florida Purple Alerts via email or text message.
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Why Did We Need the Purple Alert?
In an email to the Palm Beach Post in July, Berman said that the 2018 death of 30-year-old Joshua Marshall from Port St. Lucie gave him the idea. Berman said that Marshall was autistic, didn’t talk, and got lost from his home. People said he was missing and in danger.
Even though he was seen at a 7-Eleven in Port St. Lucie, nobody knew he was missing or needed help. Soon after, his body was found in a pond in Port St. Lucie. The police said that Marshall liked water.
Berman said that a friend of Marshall’s family brought the idea for the bill to her team on behalf of the family. “If something like this had been around at the time, he might have been found faster and sent home safely,” Berman said in an email.
An analysis of a bill says that a person with a mental disability is in danger when they wander off. A person with a mental disability who has been missing for more than 72 hours has an 88% chance of dying.
What Are the Colors of the Florida Alert?
Florida uses different alert systems to let people know when people are missing or in danger. AMBER alerts are sent out when a child is taken, while Silver alerts are sent out when an older person whose mind is getting worse goes missing. When someone kills or seriously hurts a police officer and then runs away, a “blue alert” is sent out.
How Do You Turn on the Purple Alert?
The FDLE website says that if someone you care about is missing, you should call the police in your area right away. The police will look at the information and decide if a Purple Alert is necessary.
If the agency thinks the case fits the criteria for a Purple Alert, it will contact the FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse. Purple Alerts can only be asked for by law enforcement.
What are the Florida alert colors?
The Florida AMBER Alert, Missing Child Alert, Silver Alert, and Purple Alert, as well as the people of Florida, the media, corporations, and businesses, can help make it much more likely that a missing person will be found safe and sound.
What is a Florida “white alert”?
The Florida Silver Alert is used to find missing people who have lost their minds in a way that can’t be fixed.
What is Florida’s Amber Alert?
Florida AMBER Plan: The AMBER Alert gives police a way to quickly and effectively tell the public important information about a kidnapped child who is in danger.
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