Almaty police has decided to conduct constant live broadcasts on Instagram to help search for missing persons.
The Instagram account Rozysk_kz (“search” in Russian) has provided the assistance to implement the initiative. The city’s Department of Internal Affairs has been closely interacting with the group’s moderator for a while, noted the department’s press service.
The first live broadcast took place 7 p.m., May 2, when a senior detective, a lieutenant colonel for especially important cases in the city’s Department of Internal Affairs Criminal Police Department, gave instructions on what to do if a family member, for instance, is missing.
“The first experience showed that subscribers are active during the broadcast and actively ask questions. The timing of the dialogue in the studio was 25 minutes with 708 viewers. It is difficult to gather such an audience overnight; this would require very expensive resources and the possibilities of the Internet in this case have confirmed its consistency and effectiveness. We believe it makes perfect sense to hold more live broadcasts. On verbal agreement with the creator, the account will be provided to the police for 30 minutes every Tuesday and Friday beginning at 7 p.m. We are considering using such means of communication in the long run as one of the best tools for a constructive dialogue, while the topics will vary and will be relevant, and further, there are plans to use the Instagram platforms of other no less popular account holders,” said Lieutenant Colonel Saltanat Azirbek, an official representative of the department of internal affairs.
Rozysk_kz was created solely to help people find their loved ones and relatives who have gone missing.
“Since the goals and objectives of the group meet with the police department’s [goals], namely through search and prevention, I am very happy to provide an information platform for the Almaty Department of Internal Affairs. I think this will increase trust among citizens with the representatives of law enforcement and, most importantly, it will be a unique platform for dialogue between representatives of law enforcement agencies and the public. Society can receive reliable information from the officials. We intend to conduct this joint work on a permanent basis. I sincerely believe that by joint efforts we can help people and provide legal advice on certain issues,” said the moderator of the account.