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Children's advocate calls for rapid response police search unit

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:10 PM
Blaine, who is the founder of the group Hear the Children's Cry, says the best chance of finding a missing child usually come in the first couple of hours after their disappearance.

There is a call for the Government to establish a rapid response police search unit that is able to respond immediately after a child is reported missing through the Ananda Alert system.

The idea was among several recommendations made by children's advocate Betty Ann Blaine in an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness following the brutal slaying of 15-year-old Green Pond High School student Shineka Gray.

Gray's partly decomposed body was found with multiple stab wounds in Irwin Meadows, St James on Wednesday, three days after she was reported missing.

Blaine, who is the founder of the group Hear the Children's Cry, says the best chance of finding a missing child usually come in the first couple of hours after their disappearance.

She also wants the Government to clampdown on what she describes as the proliferation of robot taxis that are transporting children at great potential harm.

Blaine wants the Government to declare a National Zero Tolerance Campaign for child abusers and murderers and provide the resources to address what she called an escalating crisis.