The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $100,000 to the Missing Children Society of Canada to expand its Most Valuable Network Program into Saskatchewan.
The Most Valuable Network uses social media to instantly post messages on the social media feeds of people who have volunteered to be part of the program. It also has the capability to send push notifications to participants in the network through a mobile app. The funding will be used in the building of the digital infrastructure necessary to support the program and engagement with police, businesses and individuals.
“The introduction of social media has changed a lot about modern life over the last decade, and it’s important that we recognize that and make use of these powerful tools when we’re dealing with something as important as a missing child. This network is a comprehensive tool that will provide support to police searching for a missing child and fill the gap that exists when a missing child doesn’t meet the criteria for an Amber Alert,” says Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said.
Missing Children Society of Canada Chief Executive Officer Amanda Pick says, “we are excited about this opportunity to expand the Most Valuable Network into Saskatchewan. As the eyes and ears on the street, the public has an important role to play in providing first responders with vital information on missing children and vulnerable youth cases.”
The money is coming from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund which takes property that is considered to be proceeds or an instrument of unlawful activity.