Police liaison officers appointed to families of missing

4:15 pm on 27 February 2011

Families missing relatives after the earthquake have been assigned a police liaison officer to help them stay informed about the search efforts.

The police have held two separate meetings with families of victims from overseas and local families, at which they appointed the officers.

The officer in charge of the liaison team, Inspector Mark Harrison, says 30 officers have each been allocated a number of different families, but more police will be made available.

Mr Harrison says the police will help the families in any way they can.

He says they are working with families from 20 different nationalities and foreign embassies are helping with translation.