News

New police phone app can help find missing kids

PRATTEN grandfather Jay Innman is urging others to download a new smartphone application which helps parents quickly provide vital information to police if their child goes missing.

The Australian Police Child ID App was adapted from the successful FBI Child ID App in the United States.

It is free to download and allows parents and guardians to easily collect and send important information about their child to authorities if they disappear or are abducted.

Mr Innman, 52, has six grandchildren aged between 18 months and 13 years and downloaded the app after it was launched on Wednesday.

"I did it for my grandkids to make sure they are safe and sound," he said.

"When they go to high school, they will be catching the bus to and from Warwick which is a 30 minute drive.

"I like to be prepared and we think it's a good idea."

The application allows families to store photographs and information such as the child's name, address, date of birth, description and emergency contact phone numbers.

Mr Innman said many parents would not be thinking straight when questioned by police if they child went missing.

A police spokesperson said the application was free for Android and iPhone users.

"While the vast majority of children who go missing are quickly returned safely, usually within 24 hours of going missing, the application can be used to quickly provide crucial information to police, assisting them to expedite their search," the spokesperson said.

"The application also includes safety advice and checklists for parents on keeping children safe, information about what to do in the hours immediately after a child goes missing and provides quick and efficient access to emergency contact phone numbers."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Protesters take a last stand against WHUP

The TMR protest in Dalby, August 26.

Protesters take a last stand against the WHUP.

'We need to stop accepting death as part of our roads': Roma Police

Roma Police have called on everyone to look at road safety.

A special 81st gift for local man

VICE-REGAL VISIT: Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Bevan Stansbie MBE.

Bevan Stansbie met the Governor-General on his 81st birthday.

Latest deals and offers

Super Saturday goes off at Dalby

Super Saturday drew huge crowds to Dalby today for an 88-game rugby union extravaganza.

Protesters take a last stand against WHUP

The TMR protest in Dalby, August 26.

Protesters take a last stand against the WHUP.

'We need to stop accepting death as part of our roads': Roma Police

Roma Police have called on everyone to look at road safety.

A special 81st gift for local man

VICE-REGAL VISIT: Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Bevan Stansbie MBE.

Bevan Stansbie met the Governor-General on his 81st birthday.

All pretty in pink at 2016 Pink Ladies Day

GIRLS GET TOGETHER: Rhiannon Newsham, from Eulo, Tannas Godfrey, from Cunnamulla, Kirsty Schmidt, from Charleville, and Fiona Ide, from Cunnamulla.

600 shades of pink flock to Weengallon fundraiser.

Roma Cities: their best chance yet to win A-Grade title

Roma Cities players Matt Waites (A-Grade), Jeff Connolly (Reserve Grade) and Owen Williams (under-18s) are ready for the RDRL grand final day on Sunday.

Roma Cities have a chance for three premiership this weekend.

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa