Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen noted a Northwoods incident in commending the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.
Since it became operational last year, more than 800 alerts have gone out, helping law enforcement statewide solve more than two dozen crimes. Officers report several cases that were solved within one hour of using the WCAN.
On December 12, 2012, the Park Falls Police Department issued an “Endangered Missing Child/Adult Alert” through the Network, concerning an 18-year-old female who unexpectedly left her place of employment, and believed to have been at risk of harm. As a result of the alert, other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies assisted and later the same day, the woman was safely located and the male suspect was in custody.
After a successful resolution of the case, the Park Falls Police Department commented, saying “The alert concerning the missing endangered person we recently sent out brought us more assistance than we could have ever imagined. We are grateful to have this amazing tool.”
“This case out of Park Falls, like many, is a prime example of why I’m thankful to the many in law enforcement, local business and the public who have joined me in supporting the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost either by fax, e-mail or text message to individuals and business owners, who may enroll online to receive alerts at a cost of $12 a year. They also is hosting free crime prevention webinars for subscribers. The next scheduled training is Wednesday, January 30, 2013, entitled “Social Network Privacy: How to Protect Yourself and Your children.”