New national Facebook page launched for missing persons

The thousands of faces of Australia’s missing persons will now be featured on a dedicated Facebook page, following the launch of a new online Facebook page today hosted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre Facebook page is the first national, government-run initiative of its kind, providing a centralised place to profile the State and Territory police cases for all long-term missing persons in Australia.

The page has been pioneered by the AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC), and will act as a single source of truth for police to communicate missing persons issues’ and facts to the public.

It will also provide a space for family members of missing persons, as well as community groups working in the sector, to gather together and share their experiences.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz, National Manager Crime Operations, said it was hoped the new page would increase awareness about the impacts of missing persons in the community.

“We know that every year, more than 38,000 people are reported missing to police. Although most are located safe and well, there are people in the Australian community who have no idea what has happened to someone they love,” Assistant Commissioner Platz said.

“This resource will give the public the power to share their experiences and connect about these issues, with the aim to reunite missing persons with their families and friends.”

The NMPCC plays a national coordination role across the missing persons sector, and in support of State and Territory police. Its aims are to reduce the impacts and incidence of missing persons in Australia through education and advocacy of missing persons’ issues.

The AFP encourages all Australians to visit the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AFPNMPCC/

Missing persons fast facts:

  • More than 38,000 people are reported missing to police in Australia every year.
  • More than 98 per cent of people who are reported missing are located within a short period of time.
  • People become classified as ‘long-term missing’ when they have been missing for three months or more.
  • There are currently more than 2000 long-term missing persons in Australia.

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