Suffolk police to get help from community ambassadors to crack missing persons cases
The Suffolk Police Department says it is renewing its commitment to finding missing persons with a new approach to cracking those cases.
Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison says officers will rely on the help of community ambassadors to quickly get the word out when a person goes missing, such as by handing out flyers in neighborhoods and public spaces.
“This is a renewed focus. These people have not been forgotten and nor will they be,” says Gail Bailey, a community ambassador.
Harrison says the county has 75 open missing persons cases going back five years. He says leaders in his department will have a renewed focus on these cases.
Harrison also says the department will improve their use of social media to aid their search for missing people.
“Every Monday, we’ll have a missing persons Monday where we’re going to be posting anybody who’s missing on our social media platforms,” he says.
Harrison says this is a personal topic for him, adding, “I’ve also had a situation where I had a family member go missing and the trauma that it brought my family.”
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