Those who have nothing good to say about telemarketers should consider a news report that came out of Eagan a few weeks ago.
The Eagan Police Department has integrated the technology of telemarketers to help find missing children. In its Jan. 19 debut law enforcement officials used the automated call system to quickly ring more than 1,000 phone customers in a specific area when a 15-year-old girl was reported missing. The service, which is called the Emergency Preparedness Network, was an instant hit. The girl was found, unharmed, in a parking lot, by an Eagan resident who had received an automated call.
The system can make up to 2,000 calls a minute, Eagan officials said. It cost $28,500 and is intended to enhance not replace the Amber Alert system that uses media messages to inform the public about missing children, the manager of the Eagan system said.
As Crow Wing County looks ahead to its law enforcement needs in the next quarter-century county board members should consider how such a phone alert system might fit into its plans.
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