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New bill aims to provide more resources, training for missing child cases

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A bill that has been working its way through the Massachusetts legislature and supported by the family of Molly Bish would give more resources when kids go missing. 

The bill aims to ensure police departments are prepared to investigate cases involving missing children, which passed the House of Representatives unanimously. 
It was filed by a state representative from Lawrence. She cites two cases specifically in Massachusetts, as the reasoning for her filing this bill.

The latest case being in 2016 when a child from Lawrence went missing. It took police three weeks to find his body.

The other is Molly Bish who vanished from her lifeguard post in 2000, and it took law enforcement three years to find her remains.

The bill would like to establish comprehensive minimum standards for law enforcement agencies.

It also includes two hours of training on missing and abducted children investigations in the 40 hour a week training requirements.

 "We consider this a victory. We've been advocating for police to be trained and versed in child cases so we're ecstatic and very hopeful," said Heather Bish, Molly Bish's sister. 

"Time is of the essence, and when my parents were advocating and traveling the country, they would always tell law enforcement [to] over react in missing children's cases," Bish continued. 

Up until now, police have not conducted extensive training on how to handle missing children cases.

According to the bill, there are no well-established, uniform policy or regulations for responding to missing and abducted children in Massachusetts.
This bill has only passed the house, and now it will still need to pass the senate.

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