Police vow action on missing persons

Police are promising to improve the way they handle missing persons cases, after receiving a petition demanding change.

The Mirror Foundation, an NGO in the North which helps families with missing children, yesterday submitted a change.org petition with more than 27,000 signatures to a Royal Thai Police Office adviser.

The petition calls on police to better investigate missing persons cases.

The move was spurred by the case of confessed killer and rapist "Nui", who admits he has abducted, abused and killed many children, including a six-year-old girl "Nong Cartoon'', his latest victim.

The activists also asked police to work more closely with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the government, to better publicise missing persons reports.

Pol Gen Charamporn Suramanee, the police adviser who received the petition, said the Royal Thai Police Office had set up a centre to handle cases of missing persons and unidentified bodies.

The centre was developing ways to disseminate missing persons information to the public. Its hotline number is 1599.

Pol Gen Charamporn promised police would be more active in dealing with missing persons cases.

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Discussion 1 : 26/12/2013 at 10:09 AM
A friends niece went missing 2 years ago, thankfully later found safe and well. The police did find her but only after a request for 30,000 baht was paid. In truth they did an effective job locating her but until the money was paid refused to even file a report let alone lift a finger.
Discussion 2 : 26/12/2013 at 09:36 AM
No money, no action !!!
Discussion 3 : 26/12/2013 at 09:33 AM
Amber Alert works very well, perhaps Thailand should adopt it was well. It won't be hard for radio and news stations to contribute to this effort.
Discussion 4 : 26/12/2013 at 08:27 AM
Ever heard of Amber Alerts? It is a system that alerts the public the moment a child is said to be missing, Of course the media must help, But in the US it has saved many children and caught many who prey on children. Instead of only a few eyes looking the eyes of the whole country are looking. But it works by SMS to phones, road signs with changeable graphics, radio and television. And is sent nation wide faster than one can travel.
Discussion 5 : 26/12/2013 at 07:59 AM
By law, a missing person will not be considered missing unless he/she has been missed for 24 hrs, which is understandable if the person is an adult. The law should be changed, however, for the children and the eldery, because even for 10 minutes it could be too late.
Discussion 6 : 26/12/2013 at 07:53 AM
If you believe the police will do better I have some land in Florida for sell. Please contact me.
Discussion 7 : 26/12/2013 at 07:33 AM
Its a shame that the general public has to petition the police into action, normal police are there to help the community, not just to profit from it. Any missing child needs to be treat seriously, even if they are found a few hours later, at least they are safe.

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