Kamloops RCMP say missing persons files draining resources

By Chad Klassen
January 30, 2018 - 10:14am Updated: January 30, 2018 - 5:27pm

KAMLOOPS — The RCMP Superintendent says a growing number of missing persons files is draining on resources at the Kamloops detachment and something needs to change. 

In his address to the community safety committee on Monday, Supt. Brad Mueller says more missing persons files are popping up, and the RCMP are becoming the first point of contact. 

"Any time we're dealing with missing or high-risk youth, it's very labour-intensive and takes a great deal of police resources to move that file forward," said Mueller. 

Mueller says the Kamloops RCMP have been in talks with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to find a solution, and that includes establishing a proper protocol, so police are a last resort. 

"For example, if we know there's a youth that has missed curfew, we know he's at a residence, the first phone call shouldn't be to the police. There should be an onus on that person in authority to reach out, make steps to contact that youth, make sure they're safe and confirm where they are. Once that's done, then either the file can be concluded or if they're not comfortable with that and they've exhausted all those steps, call the police and we can take action," noted Mueller. 

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