Monroe County ranks third in the state for the highest number of cases of missing vulnerable adults — a stat which Sen. Chuck Schumer says could be lower if the person was wearing a tracking device.
Kevin and Avonte’s Law would reauthorize and expand an existing program, the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program, to include children with a developmental disability like autism.
The new program, called the Missing Americans Alert Program, would be administered by the U.S Justice Department and provide grant funding to law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies, and non-profits for wandering prevention education work, as well as to provide caregivers with tracking devices that they and law enforcement could use to quickly locate a missing loved one.
“It’s just the next step that we should’ve been taking a while back so I really applaud the push for this,” Monroe County Sheriff-elect Todd Baxer said. “It’s going to keep us all safer, keep the missing person safer — that’s obvious — but you gotta think about the risks to volunteers to law enforcement.”
According to the senator, these location devices are currently only offered in about two-thirds of counties in New York.