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Safe and Well? Police Attitudes to Return Interviews, in Repeat Missing Person Cases (by Michael Harris)



The aim of this study is to examine the attitudes of police officers to return interviews of people who are reported missing repeatedly (e.g. 3 times or more). A return interview is usually carried out by a police officer and seeks to find out where people went and why, in order to identify potential risks to their safety and whether they experienced harm while they were missing. A mixed methods survey of 50 constables from one police force in England ran in March 2014, using quantitative and open qualitative questions. Key themes that emerged were frustration at repetition, negativity around usefulness of the interviews, a challenge to involve third sector partners, and development areas in training.  Statistical significance was found in variables relating to officer experience and gender, against views on interviewing missing people. The article looks at existing literature and debates a broader theoretical question relating to policing. It makes recommendations about best practice with return interviews, advocating a multi-agency approach to improve interventions.






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