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The South African Police Services (SAPS) has teamed up with with Facebook to speed up missing children's cases. They launched a new technology tool, Amber Alert, today to advance recovery of missing children in South Africa.

Amber Alert, which is operating in other parts of the globe, will share missing children alerts as supplied by the SAPS on the Facebook feed, targeting users that may be in the likely position to provide information on the case.

The tool will operate in real-time, sending photos and details of missing children in the newsfeed to enable users to engage with SAPS regarding any information that may help the case.

The missing person’s report, which has no waiting period, will need to have been opened with police for the sharable alert to be initiated.

Amber Alert would be an additional tool that is involved in the recovery of missing children.

SAPS national police commissioner General Khehla Sithole said Amber Alert would also be instrumental in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV).

When Facebook approached SAPS in 2019 for this initiative it was regarded as this tool will also be instrumental in the fight against GBV.

SAPS, National police commissioner General Khehla Sithole

To further assist SAPS with information for missing children contact Crime Stop on 08600 1011.

This article first appeared on LeadSA : SAPS and Facebook team up to locate missing children speedily

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