FDLE commemorates 15 years of Florida Silver Alerts

For Immediate Release
October 31, 2023
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This month marks the fifteenth anniversary of Florida’s Silver Alert program.  Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 3,200 Silver Alerts have been activated, more than 170 this year alone.  Florida’s Silver Alert program has been directly responsible for more than 300 recoveries of missing senior citizens.
FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass said, “The public plays an important role in saving lives and finding our missing loved ones. I encourage our citizens to sign-up to receive Silver Alerts and take the time to review the alerts when they are issued. To see all active Silver Alerts, visit our website or click this link,”
Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Michelle Branham said, “With over 580,000 Floridians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the Silver Alert program is essential for helping protect our most vulnerable population.  Florida proudly leads the nation in funding for Alzheimer’s disease support services, and it is important we continue to support programs like the Silver Alert as our senior population continues to grow. I am grateful to our Governor for continuing to prioritize our seniors and those who suffer from dementia, and FDLE for their role in helping to keep our seniors safe.”
Silver Alerts are activated statewide at the request of local law enforcement after a senior with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia (ADRD) goes missing in a vehicle. Once a Silver Alert is issued, information about the missing senior is communicated to the public through local media outlets, lottery terminals and highway message signs.
Missing persons 60 years of age and older who have irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are eligible for Silver Alert activation. Once the person has been found safe, the Department of Elder Affairs, in coordination with the Area Agencies on Aging and Florida’s Memory Disorder Clinics, work to provide follow-up assistance to the senior.
For Further Information Contact:
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Priorities

FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. FDLE’s duties, responsibilities and procedures are mandated through Chapter 943, FS, and Chapter 11, FAC. To learn more about these areas, read our Statement of Agency Organization and Operation or visit our Open Government page.