Police Commissioner Addresses Increase in Missing Girls Cases
In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in cases of young girls being reported missing. The instances have become a norm with many members of the public questioning whether the females are missing or ran away from their homes. Today, our newsroom asked the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, to weigh in on the matter. He says while it may be upsetting, the fact is that many of the cases are sparked by young girls running away from home.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: ” We do have to look at it and I don’t want to say something that will offend people but at times we must be realistic and objective. We do know that many a time when young girls would go missing they would go to their boyfriend but as as department we try not to be guided by that perception. Once the report comes to us that a person goes missing we make sure we give it our effort to try and help the family to locate that person. If it is that it turns out that the person had gone to their boyfriend or a family member because sometimes they do run away and go to other family members then the matter is closed there. If it is a cas involving a minor who is not able to consent and that minor runs away and goes with a male partner then the course would continue from there where we investigate with Human Development and charges may be brought against the young man if there is proof of sexual intercourse and then we move from there.”