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Police Search Advisers (PolSAs) and the search for missing people (by Lucy Holmes and Penny Woolnough)



Police Search Advisors (PolSAs) are a relatively new specialist police officer position with the UK police service. Although the PolSA role initially was centred on Counter Terrorism related search, they have increasingly become key individuals involved in defining, managing and conducting searches for missing people. Based on a structured survey to UK PolSAs, this research explores: the nature and extent to which PolSAs are involved in missing person cases; the nature of the relationship between PolSAs and SIOs; multiagency working (including other search agencies); the potential personal pressures PolSAs face and strategies to mitigate against these; procedural / process / organisational related aspects of the PolSA role including opportunities for improvement; PolSA training; and encounters and familiarity with families of missing persons.



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