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Matrix Group Enhances the International Association of Chiefs of Police Alzheimer’s Initiative Microsite

February 03, 2012

Matrix Group, an award-winning web design and development agency in the Washington DC area, announces the launch of an enhanced microsite for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP}’s Alzheimer’s Initiative. The new site provides law enforcement agencies and the public with resources to help individuals with Alzheimer’s lost or in life-threatening situations.

THE NEED:

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, three out of five individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander — that’s more than 60 percent.  In cases where the individual has been lost for more than 24 hours, they may suffer from injuries or death.

Many states have launched silver alert programs to help locate people with Alzheimer’s who are lost or in life threatening situations.  Similar to how Amber Alert programs work to find missing children, silver alert type programs are used to inform the public and law enforcement agencies that an individual with Alzheimer’s is missing.

The number of law enforcement agencies involved in these types of cases is rising. In response to this trend, IACP wanted to provide more information and tools to its members and inform the public about silver alert type programs in their states.

MATRIX GROUP SOLUTION:

As part of Matrix Group’s ongoing work with IACP, we revamped the section and expanded it into a larger site. We:

  • Added a new resources section with valuable tools, facts and other resources. The resource section includes tools for trainings, podcasts and videos to better prepare law enforcement personnel for cases where an individual with Alzheimer’s is involved.
  • Created an interactive map of the United States that displays the states that have silver alert type programs. Visitors can select a state, view fact sheets on law enforcement programs and local organizations in their states, as well as read statistics on the disease, including number of people currently living with it and projections.
  • Demonstrated the impact state alert programs are making all over the country by featuring success stories. Visitors can read the stories and learn life lessons from each of them.

IACP will continue to add more tools website in the coming year.

The website is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

View the website at http://www.theiacp.org/alzheimers