Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 411. Updated Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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Parents urged to tap into AFP tool

The Australian Federal Police has used International Missing Persons Day to promote an app designed to help find missing children.

The AFP urged parents and guardians to download the Australian Police Child ID smart phone app which is specifically designed to help parents work with Police to assist them in finding their children if they ever go missing.

AFP Deputy Commissioner, Andrew Colvin said the Australian Police Child ID app was free for iPhone and Android phone users and included important safety advice, checklists for parents and emergency contact phone numbers for quick access.

Deputy Commissioner Colvin said parents, families and the community all had a role to play in keeping children safe.

"It's extremely important that we protect our children and young people, educate them on the potential dangers they face and provide them with the skills they need to stay safe," he said.

New app to help find missing children

"I strongly encourage all parents to download the Australian Police Child ID app to gain valuable information and tips on how to keep your children safe."

Deputy Commissioner Colvin said International Missing Children's Day helped raise awareness about children who were missing, remember those who had been victims of crime and to highlight the ongoing efforts by the community and law enforcement to locate those still missing.

He said about 17,500 people under the age of 18 were reported missing in Australia each year, which meant two young people were reported missing to Police every hour of every day.

"The AFP, together with our partner Agencies, remains committed to ensuring the safety of all Australian children and I encourage the community to support International Missing Children's Day initiatives," Deputy Commissioner Colvin said.

"I congratulate all Australian State and Territory law enforcement on their tireless efforts in trying to locate all missing children around Australia and to help bring them home to their families."

For further information on missing children, visit the AFP's 'Help Bring Them Home' website at this PS News link.

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