Missing Persons (408_15)

Request

Missing Persons

 

–          How many reports of missing persons were received by your force in 2012; 2013 and 2014?

–          How many reports of missing persons resulted in a police officer being despatched in 2012; 2013 and 2014?

Response

–          How many reports of missing persons were received by your force in 2012; 2013 and 2014?

 

 

In 2012 there were 7,461 missing person incidents recorded by WMP

In 2013 there were 5,631 missing person incidents recorded by WMP

In 2014 there were 5,255 missing person incidents recorded by WMP

 

Please note that these data are the closest easily retrievable data that we hold to your request. They should not be interpreted as representing anything other than as described in this response.

 

–          How many reports of missing persons resulted in a police officer being despatched in 2012; 2013 and 2014?

 

West Midlands Police Policy regarding the management and recording of absent and missing persons stipulates that every recorded incident of a missing person requires a Police officer to complete full risk assessment and attend every location from where a person is reported missing, to commence an investigation into the circumstance of the disappearance.  This is in line ACPO (2013) guidance on the Management, Recording and Investigation of Missing People.

 

In short every incident will require a Police officer to be despatched even if they return before we arrive (in which case there is still a requirement to attend and check that they have returned safe and well).

 

 

For further information and data on West Midlands Police see our publication scheme and disclosure log

 

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/

 

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

 

http://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/reviews-and-appeals/

 

Please note that such an appeal must be received within six months of the date of this correspondence.

 

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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