Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP have welcomed the news that the Royal Mail has entered into a partnership with a national charity to support its work locating vulnerable missing people.
In Scotland this means that around 10,800 postmen and women will be assisting the charity Missing People to locate vulnerable missing children and adults, significantly increasing the number of people committed to help find them.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“Local postmen and women develop a good knowledge of the communities they serve, which is ideal for helping to find missing people. This is a great initiative and I hope that it will prove to be helpful in ensuring that more missing people are reunited with their loved ones in future.”
Fiona O’Donnell MP said:
“This is an innovative and welcome initiative which is bound to bring great benefits to efforts to locate vulnerable missing people. It is particularly apt that the partnership should be announced at this time of year when families just want to be together over the Christmas period.”
Child Rescue and High Risk Missing People Alerts will be sent to the company’s extensive network of handheld scanners, used to track and sign for deliveries, on a geographically-targeted and, when appropriate, national basis.
The alerts will also appear on Royal Mail’s employee website and, where possible, on 1,800 television screens across its offices, reaching all 148,000 staff. This will be the first time an organisation has made its business-wide communication channels available to the Missing People charity.
Currently, 123,000 people directly receive Child Rescue Alerts, as well as other members of the public being informed of missing person appeals through Twitter, Facebook, digital billboards and media and corporate partnerships. The new partnership with Royal Mail will effectively double this across the UK.
Missing People is the only charity in the UK which specialises in, and is dedicated to, bringing missing children and adults back together with their families. It issues a public appeal when someone is reported to police as having gone missing.
The charity works in collaboration with a range of partners across the UK, including the National Crime Agency, local police forces, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS).