Police are to stop attending every report of a missing person to focus on cases where peoMmple are most at risk.
There are about 900 reports a day of those whose whereabouts are unknown and police have to investigate each one.
Senior officers say this blanket policy, which applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, drains resources.
From April, police will launch a full investigation only for people whose disappearance is out of character or who are thought to be at risk.
Police deal with about 327,000 reports of missing people every year, with two-thirds of them involving children.
Chief Constable Pat Geenty, of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), said that when a missing persons call was received, officers were dispatched “irrespective of the case” which was “a huge demand on police resources”.
Under the new approach, police call handlers will divide reports into two categories.
People who are simply not where they are expected to be will be termed “absent” and the cases will be monitored.
Where there is a specific reason for concern, they will be classed as “missing” – prompting an investigation.
All very interesting. Couple of things that stand out…
In my 23-years or so of Policing I have dealt with maybe, 2-cases of missing people. What? I hear you cry… ahh… depends what you mean by missing eh?
You know, gentle reader, that mispers (as we call them) tend to fall into a number of easy to define categories:
- Genuine: these are people that, completely out of character, without warning have disappeared from their normal lives…could be anyone of us…or our children…scary.
- Absents or DWTBF (don’t want to be founds): hubby/wifey/son/daughter etc that hate their lives with the people they live with…just up and go. The reporting people want us to find them and tell them where they are-for their own reasons…again could be anyone of us…worrying but not really a police matter.
- Career or CBATT (can’t be arsed to tell): people that have little or no care for the opinions or feeling of anyone in this world… your typical children’s home resident or the son/daughter of Wayne or Waynetta…annoying little scrotes…
- Geriatric or COMs (crazy/old/mad): granny/granddad that decides to walk to the garden of their house to do a bit of weeding…despite the fact they haven’t lived there for 20-years, it’s 40-miles away and they are in their jimmy-jammies… another priority case…
Currently, ALL are treated with more or less EQUAL priority. Given we are 20-25% down on
manpower opps human resources opps sorry captain Spock bipedal carbon based resources…we just can’t cope with looking for the many that go missing…
It would seem then, on paper, that this is a sensible and clever use of police officers-they are given the power to say that Mrs Fuckedoff and Tulisa-Chardonny are ‘absent’… whilst being able to press the ‘panic-button’ when Granny Dementia or Little Johnny disappear…
Predictably, not everyone is happy…
The NSPCC said it was concerned the new definition of a “missing” person would put vulnerable children at risk of being “groomed and sexually exploited”.
Lisa Harker, head of strategy said: “These are very vulnerable people, who are three times more likely to go missing and they are very much at risk of sexual exploitation or physical harm.
“What needs to happen is a much more joined-up approach with other services, but unfortunately what’s happening here is a change on guidance in the way police behave but it is not obvious that other agencies will be able to pick up the concern.”
Mmm… well the agencies with responsibilty for these poor mites could, I don’t know, radical I suppose, STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND ACTUALLY TAKE RESPONSIBILTY>???!?!? Instead of leaving it to us to be a £35 per hour taxi service...
It will last until the first Mrs Fuckedoff or Tulisa-Chardonny are found in a ditch… and guess who will be in the frame?
Oh yes… the poor fecker that is the misper officer for that day…poison chalice indeed.
Tee her…it’s me look…