1) From 2013 to 2018, a year by year breakdown of the number of missing persons and the number of reported absent persons (separated figures e.g. 2000 missing persons and 500 absent persons). If possible, please state the number who were 18 or over and the number under 18 for both the missing and absent categories.
2) Your force policy/guidance on whether a person is reported as missing or absent.
3) While I appreciate it is unlikely you have the data, if you do please provide any data you have relating to the policing costs for missing people and absent people.
If no data is held for question 3 then I understand that and please just provide details for numbers 1 and 2. If data doesn’t go as far back as 2013 then please just provide data as far back as possible.
Please find attached our response.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
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