Mitchells Plain to profile children

2013-03-13 09:44
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Cape Town - A dedicated unit is being set up at the Mitchells Plain police station in Cape Town to profile children, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that the station's commander Brigadier Johann Brandt told the community on Tuesday that thousands of pupils were to be fingerprinted as part of an initiative to help make it easier to find children who went missing.

Participation in the initiative was voluntary, with parental permission.

The fingerprints would be included in a profile containing a recent picture of the child and contact details of the family.

Mitchells Plain police spokesperson Captain Mugelaine van der Vendt told the newspaper community groups and the missing children's organisation, Pink Ladies, would be part of the initiative, which would not cost parents anything.

"There are 51 primary schools and 16 high schools in the Mitchells Plain cluster and in Strandfontein there are two primary schools and a high school," she said.

The photo of the child would be kept by the school, not the police.

Education MEC Donald Grant's spokesperson Bronagh Casey said the department would work with the police to make sure children's rights were not infringed and that permission was obtained from parents and governing bodies.
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