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Missing children reports down 50% - Children's Registry

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 11:17 AM

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) says the number of children reported missing in the first quarter of the year has been reduced by half.

Head of the OCR, Greig Smith, says between January and March this year 205 children were reported missing, compared to 559 for the similar period last year.

Smith says too that the number of children reported missing last year was 10 per cent fewer than in 2013.

According to the OCR head, 1,984 children were reported missing last year compared to the 2,205 recorded in 2013.

He says the reduction was achieved through closer collaboration with a number of state agencies, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Smith was speaking recently at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the OCR and cable provider, Cabletron Network Systems Limited, based in Westmoreland.

The MoU will allow Cabletron to air Ananda Alerts issued for missing children on its local cable channel.

Meanwhile, Custos of Westmoreland Reverend Hartley Perrin, has joined the appeal for all Jamaicans to take greater responsibility for the care and protection of the nation’s children.

The OCR says more than 26 children have been murdered since the start of the year.

In the last two months alone there has been a string of brutal attacks on children in Westmoreland, St Thomas and St Catherine.

But speaking at the same ceremony, Perrin says Jamaica must return to the days when child rearing was the responsibility of the entire community in order to save the country’s future.