Miss­ing now on Face­book

So­cial me­dia new tool for help­ing vul­ner­a­ble

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer in Hilling­don has launched a Face­book pro­file to seek the as­sis­tance and support of res­i­dents in lo­cat­ing vul­ner­a­ble miss­ing chil­dren and adults in the bor­ough.

James Drum­mond is a Sergeant in Hilling­don’s Miss­ing Per­sons Unit and is ask­ing the com­mu­nity to check out his pro­file and support po­lice ap­peals by shar­ing the con­tent on their own ac­counts.

He said: “Peo­ple go miss­ing for a num­ber of rea­sons and it is our job to find them and en­sure they get the ap­pro­pri­ate support they need.

“As an in­ves­tiga­tive unit my team uses a wide va­ri­ety of tools and re­sources to as­sist in lo­cat­ing miss­ing peo­ple.

“The man­ner in which so­ci­ety com­mu­ni­cates has de­vel­oped vastly in re­cent years and the Met are mak­ing best use of so­cial me­dia as it can be a pow­er­ful way to en­gage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and gain their help and support in find­ing those miss­ing peo­ple in our area.”

Last

year, Hilling­don Miss­ing Per­sons Unit dealt with more than 1,000 cases, 585 of which re­lated to peo­ple un­der the age of 18. Peo­ple who follow the Face­book page will re­ceive alerts with images of those re­ported miss­ing in the bor­ough and de­tails of who to con­tact if they are seen.

Hilling­don Bor­ough Com­man­der Nick Down­ing said: “There are ap­prox­i­mately 250,000 peo­ple liv­ing in Hilling­don and I urge ev­ery­one to look at this pro­file and of­fer to support us. The more peo­ple who follow the page will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple com­mit­ted to help­ing find those who need our support.”

Find the ac­count at f a c e b o o k . c o m / j a m e s. drum­mond.7374480 .

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