The state of Massachusetts is looking to establish a missing persons unit to help local police departments with their investigations. Governor Maura Healey has allocated $300,000 to the unit, which will consist of full-time staff responsible for enhancing collaboration, developing training, advancing policies, and standardizing data collection and reporting. The aim of the unit is to improve statewide coordination on missing persons cases by providing training to police departments across the state. The proposal was made following a specialized training session on best practices for missing persons investigations attended by more than 300 officers. The state currently has almost 2,000 active missing persons cases and 19 unidentified human remains investigations.

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