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EPS now using missing children app

For Immediate Release: 01-Dec-2021 @ 10:37 AM
MRU #: 21R096

In February 2021, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police endorsed the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) “rescu” app as an addition to the national strategy for missing children.

The EPS is adopting the MCSC's Child Search Network, a national system designed to share information about high-risk missing children cases that do not meet the criteria for the AMBER Alert.

The network includes a database with real-time details from police about missing children cases, with photos, location maps, and the capacity to deliver the information to community members and first responders specific to their location. It also lets the public share vital information with police by downloading the MCSC rescu app.

Starting in mid-November 2021, the MCSC Child Search Network’s “rescu” app was downloaded to all EPS phones, so officers can now receive notifications on their work devices about high-risk missing children in the Edmonton area.

“Missing persons investigations are often very complex and require a lot of resources,” says Sgt. Rebecca Wright, with the EPS Missing Persons Unit. “This app will help bring police and citizens together in the search. The more eyes we have out in the community looking for missing kids, the better our chance of bringing them home as quickly as possible.”

The MCSC and the EPS are also encouraging the public to download the app onto their personal devices by taking the rescu Challenge - https://arcg.is/1LbSjz.

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