Public Laws

124th Legislature

Second Regular Session



Chapter 583

H.P. 1138 - L.D. 1610

An Act To Establish the Silver Alert Program

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 25 MRSA c. 259 is enacted to read:

CHAPTER 259

SILVER ALERT PROGRAM

2201. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

1. Department. "Department" means the Department of Public Safety.
2. Missing senior citizen. "Missing senior citizen" means a person:
A. Who at the time the person is first reported missing is 60 years of age or older or, under extraordinary circumstances, a person 18 to 59 years of age who also meets the criteria in paragraphs B and C;
B. With respect to whom there is a clear indication that the person has an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties such as dementia, as determined by a local law enforcement agency; and
C. Whose disappearance poses a credible threat to the safety and health of the person as determined by a local law enforcement agency.
3. Media. "Media" means print, radio, Internet-based communication systems or other methods of communicating information to the public.
4. Silver Alert. "Silver Alert" means a notice provided under this chapter to the public through law enforcement agencies and the media.
5. Silver Alert Program. "Silver Alert Program" means the statewide alert program for missing senior citizens developed and implemented under this chapter.

2202. Silver Alert Program

In accordance with this chapter and with the cooperation of the Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, a statewide organization representing broadcast groups in the State, the Office of the Governor and appropriate law enforcement agencies, the department shall develop and implement the Silver Alert Program to be activated on behalf of missing senior citizens. The program must include standards of procedure for local law enforcement agencies to determine that a missing person is a missing senior citizen and appropriately activate a Silver Alert to local or statewide law enforcement agencies and to the media, a plan for providing relevant information to the public through an existing system of dynamic message signs located across the State when necessary and training for all law enforcement officers. The Silver Alert Program must be developed and implemented using existing resources.

Effective July 12, 2010

Office of the Revisor of Statutes
State House, Room 108
Augusta, ME 04333