Guidance on the Management, Recording and
Investigation of Missing Persons.
here to download a copy of the guide.
Based on an article in our last
newsletter feedback was received from a colleague in the United Kingdom. He
made us aware that the UK Police National Missing Persons Bureau (PNMPB) is the
centre for the exchange of information connected with the search for missing
persons both nationally and internationally. The Bureau focuses on cross
matching missing persons with unidentified persons. On their website the center
has published a downloadable PDF version of Guidance on the management,
Recording and Investigation of Missing Persons.
Although the document was drafted in order to develop
national standards in the UK, many of the investigative and supervisory
techniques are directly applicable to US investigations. Some of the issues
covered in the guide are:
First officer to attend
Responsibilities of first officer attending report of a
Classification of risk and response
Decision making guide
Review of risk
Missing persons process chart
Investigative issues to consider
Search and evidence gathering
Legal powers for search
General principles of searching
Scenario based searching
Full managed search
Volunteer search teams
Members of the public
Family liaison and support
Interview on return from missing
Click here to download a copy of the guide.