Plymouth postmen to join hunt for abducted children

Plymouth postmen to join hunt for abducted children

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: November 13, 2014

        Comments (0) PLYMOUTH posties have a new job while doing their rounds – searching for missing people.
Postmen and women in the city will be handed photos of missing local people, including children feared abducted, so they can keep a look out for them while delivering letters.

The idea has come from a partnership between Royal Mail and the Missing People charity.
The country’s 124,000 postmen and women will be joining the hunt for people who have disappeared.

The charity will distribute ‘high risk’ alerts to posties’ handheld scanners, used to track and sign for deliveries.
The alerts will be targeted locally and also nationally when a major search is on.

They will also appear on recently-privatised Royal Mail’s employee website and on some of the company’s office television screens.
The partnership will effectively double the number of people who are alerted to reports of missing people.

Royal Mail operations director Geoff Braden said: “Royal Mail’s postmen and women are out in the community six days a week, across the country.
“We are all very aware of the trauma experienced by the families and communities of missing people, particularly children.

“We want to use our unique position to support this important service and perhaps help to reunite families with their missing loved ones.”
Jo Youle, chief executive of Missing People, said: “When someone goes missing and is at risk, every minute after a disappearance is crucial to bringing them home safely.

“Our partnership with Royal Mail is a truly inspired way to spread an alert quickly and to the very people who are the eyes and ears of their local communities.”
Charlie Hedges, manager for missing people and abducted children at the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command, added: “It will now be possible for thousands of postal workers to be on the lookout for vulnerable missing children and adults, and that can be of real value to efforts to find them.

“Partnerships like this utilise the strengths of different organisations for the ultimate benefit of our work to make children safer.”

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