Introduced Version





SENATE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No.
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION

    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION encouraging shopping malls, stores, and local units of government throughout Indiana to adopt a "Code Adam" child safety protocol.



Zakas, Breaux, Bray, Long, Howard, Young R Michael, Lanane, Waltz, Bowser, Waterman, Steele




     , read first time and referred to Committee on








Introduced

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


SENATE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No. _____



    A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION encouraging shopping malls, stores, and local units of government throughout Indiana to adopt a "Code Adam" child safety protocol.

    Whereas, The "Code Adam" program was first established in 1995;

    Whereas, The program, named in memory of Adam Walsh,
six-year-old Florida boy who was abducted from a shopping mall and murdered in 1981, is used as a preventive tool against child abductions in more than 45,000 stores across the nation;

    Whereas, The program protocol is activated when a
customer reports a missing child to a store employee;

    Whereas, An alert is announced over the public address
system and a brief description of the child is obtained and
provided to all designated employees, who immediately stop
their normal work to search for the child and monitor all
exits to help prevent the child from leaving the store;

    Whereas, If the child is not found within the first ten
minutes during a storewide search, or if the child is seen
accompanied by someone other than a parent or guardian,
store personnel contact local law enforcement and request
assistance;

    Whereas, The program has proven extremely successful in


thwarting many attempted abductions through the issuance
of a "Code Adam" alert in commercial establishments; it
continues to be implemented in stores across the country with
the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children;

    Whereas, According to the United States Department of
Justice, approximately 4,600 children are abducted annually
by nonfamily members; and

    Whereas, Indiana should take all possible steps to ensure the safety of Hoosier children: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate     of the General Assembly

of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives     concurring:


    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly encourages all
shopping malls, stores, and local units of government to adopt the
"Code Adam" child safety protocol.
    SECTION 2. That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the
Secretary of the Senate to the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children, the National Federation of Independent Business,
the Association of Indiana Counties, the Indiana Association of Cities
and Towns, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.