Missing…the point?


I reckon I have only dealt with about 3 or 4 missing people since I donned uniform-I have been to dozens of misper jobs though.

Most are in the following cats:

1. Teenage runaways from local children’s homes. We get the call-no matter what the local agreement is… They are usually out on the nest…or drug taking and return when they need sleep or more money…

2. Teenage runaways from Chav families that want to do the same… The call goes along the lines of-“yeah well Kylie is missing yeah? I’ve told you so go find her…nothing better not happen to her, she is my world…” I always ask if they have tried looking-no is the inevitable response…

3. Hubby/wife/son/daughter has done one because they can’t stand hubby/wife/dad/mom/bro/sis… Most are just concerned but some are trying to find for nefarious reasons (honour etc) Danger all over these… But not for the original reasons…

4.Over anxious parents that call because little Jonny is 10-mins late from school…

5. Nut-cases that try to report cats and inanimate objects as missing (true – I once had a chap insisting we look for his cat …).

6. The genuine misper. Very scary. Always upsetting to see people so worried they can’t eat or sleep… They often come to the station too… Chav never does this…

Scary things for us are:

i) we have to do the same paperwork for ALL of the above… (except the cat)…

ii) we get the blame 100% if it goes wrong…

As we don’t get measured on our performance in this area, you can imagine how many resources are allocated daily to deal… Usually one response officer…

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