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Repeat reports to the police of missing people: locations and characteristicsCreated: 14-01-14

Repeat reports to the police of missing people: locations and characteristics

 June 2013

 Dr. Karen Shalev Greene and Professor Carol Hayden

 

The cost of missing person investigations has been the subject of debate. This article reports a study that
sought to establish this cost through a survey of 407 officers and staff in two UK forces and a realistic case assessment
undertaken by 33 officers in two UK forces. Both produce cost estimates (£1,325.44 as a realistic minimum and
£2,415.80 as a realistic estimate of cost of medium-risk medium-term cases) that are higher than often assumed or
previously reported. It demonstrates that missing person investigations are a bigger drain on police resources then
either theft or assault. This result is placed into context of current developments such as the commodification and the
outsourcing of policing tasks and recent changes in policy involving missing person investigations.