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DC mayor announces new initiatives to help find missing children

Washington, DC, mayor Muriel Bowser waves to the crowd before speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, on Sunday, the 26. In March 2017.

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In view of the increased attention locally and nationally about the lack of children in the district, mayor Muriel Bowser has announced several new initiatives to improve the city’s response in finding them.

Since the beginning of the year, DC police officers with social media, especially Twitter, to post the images of people, to increase the as reported missing, the help attention of the public, you were looking.

But the awareness has also triggered the concern that there is an increase in the number of young people, particularly black and minority girl missing in DC On social media, entertainment and Sport personalities such as Washington Wizards star John Wall, rapper and actor LL Cool J, actress, Taraji P. Henson, and music-with artists such as Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, and P. Diddy have posted their concerns about this Problem

However, DC officials have said there has a spike in the missing children in the city. In the following, the number of young people reported missing in the last few years:

2017: 501 (March 22)

2016: 2,242

2015: 2,433

2014: 2,222

2013: 2,067

2012: 2,610

Commander Chanel Dickerson, who power, police, youth, and family Services Division, was appointed to the head of DC FOX 5 said that “a large number of our missing teens to voluntarily leave the house, and they be found, or within a short period of time.”

“One is missing, the young person is one too many, and these new initiatives will help us to find more and the protection of young people, especially young girls of color, the said in our city,” mayor Bowser. “Through social media, we were able to do to highlight this problem and the awareness of open cases, and now we are more to ensure that families and children receive the comprehensive services they need, families together and children safe.”

Also on Friday, Commander Dickerson held a Facebook to discuss Live event to the police, their efforts to find the missing children.

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