Updates made to training on missing person inquires

Updates have been made to an e-learning package for police responding to reports of missing persons.

Changes to the Missing Person Search e-learning package include a new definition of a missing person and an absent person. There are also considerations about finding a missing person dead or alive.

The update is an example of our work in the education and development of police officers and staff, helping them to obtain and retain the skills they need to fight crime and protect the public.

The e-learning package has three chapters for officers to complete, and all scenarios are based on real-life incidents:

  • The first chapter looks at the case of a missing 14-year-old girl, and those taking part will learn about the responsibilities of the first officers attending the report and what should be looked for, apart from the missing person.
  • The second chapter provides training for those who attend a report of a missing child and what to look out for, as well as dealing with family, friends and neighbours who want to assist the search.
  • The final chapter involves the considerations needed when the missing person is an adult who is physically fit and healthy, but was been diagnosed with depression.

By the end of this chapter, police will be able to identify levels of risk and outline what checks need to be made.

The training package is aimed at all operational police officers and police staff.

This article appears in the January 2014 edition of our newsletter.

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