World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Missing Persons Urged To Make Contact This Xmas

Missing persons urged to make contact this Christmas

Missing persons are being encouraged to make contact this Christmas as part of a national campaign by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and state and territory police agencies to reconnect missing persons with someone they trust.

Television commercials, which began airing nationally today, send a simple message to missing people - make contact.

AFP National Manager Economic and Special Operations Peter Drennan said about two thirds of the 30,000 people reported missing each year are under the age of 18, while many others are elderly and often incapable of finding their way home.

"Christmas is a time of reconnection and the best gift families and friends could wish for is to know that their missing loved one is safe and well," Assistant Commissioner Drennan said.

"This does not necessarily mean that the missing person has to physically return home, rather we'd just like them to let someone they know and trust that they are okay."

More than 99.5 per cent of people reported missing are located within a short period of time but some 1600 people have been missing in Australia for more than six months.

Sarah Wayland, project officer with the AFP's National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, said Christmas is often a difficult time of year for families and friends of missing persons and for missing people themselves.

"There are often very compelling reasons for a person not wanting to be found but the message of this campaign is to make contact with somebody who can be trusted whether that be the police, a friend or a family member," Ms Wayland said.

Woman's Day magazine and Foxtel are supporting this campaign. Woman's Day featured the Make Contact campaign in its 25 November edition and Foxtel is airing the commercial on its Crime and Investigation Network.

For more information, visit the website


SEE: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news