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BC Police Bracing For New Missing Person Law And Rules Of Engagement

Vancouver/Fraser Valley  (NEWS 1130) – Police departments around our province are getting ready for a stronger missing persons law coming next September.

The new face-to-face verification required when someone is found will add to the workload, but there appears to be general support for the law.

In some departments, the workload is already high — take Vancouver, where six officers look into 4,000 missing persons cases a year.

But former West Vancouver Police chief Kash Heed says the extra work will be worth it.

“In BC I think this is a well deserved policy, and I don’t think it will have a [negative] impact on our police services throughout the province of British Columbia,” says Heed.

Constable Ian MacDonald with Abbotsford Police also sees the positive.

“To be able to be part of a situation with the family, the loved ones, and the missing, I think will probably be a valuable use of time in the big scheme of things,” says MacDonald.

This new law is coming in, as in-person verification was one of the recommendations to come out of the Missing Women Inquiry, which was overseen by former judge Wally Oppal.

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