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‘Assessing the effectiveness of the national policing approach to missing person investigations in Scotland’ (by Dr. Brian Plastow)



In Scotland, the new national police service responds to around 32,000 incidents every year and ten of those people will remain untraced. A number of recent high profile cases have highlighted the particular vulnerability of children who go missing, and the associated risk of sexual exploitation. The research represents one of the largest national studies into the effectiveness of policing responses to missing persons and reveals a complex national picture which includes 600 long-term missing people and over 300 unidentified bodies and numerous unidentified body parts dating back to 1950.






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