Our Search Program engages individuals, corporate Canada and the media in the search for missing children.
Our Search Program engages individuals, corporate Canada and the media in the search for missing children and has three distinct components:
In 2013, a teenage girl went missing from her community. She was classified by law enforcement as an ‘Endangered Runaway,’ and was known to be in the company of a man with a violent criminal history. The man had left the community with the teenage girl, and investigating officers believed that her physical safety was in great danger. They activated the Missing Children Society’s Search Program, pushing critical, time-sensitive alerts out to individuals in specific geographic areas across two different provinces.
Here is what happened next:
Due to the reach of the information, and the level of community engagement it provoked, the man felt pressured to return with the girl to the city he had lured her from. Law enforcement officers were then able to successfully apprehend the individual and reunite the girl with her searching family.
“We believe that this program has the potential to improve traditional search and investigation methods and offer law enforcement resources which, given budget restraints, prove challenging for all agencies within the police community.”
– Inspector Cliff O’Brien, Major Crimes Section, Calgary Police Service