Missing Children Publication Hub

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Missing Children Publication Hub

Search and Rescue

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i-find (by Naomi Eales)

It is estimated there are more than 300,000 missing person incidents each year within the UK, generating a significant amount of activity for police forces.  Whilst the majority of missing persons return within a short space of time, a significant number will remain outstanding requiring a focused police response; an important aspect of this will be the search activity.
iFIND is an evidenced informed product providing statistical analysis of location information for different categories of missing persons.  The categories included represent those people who have an increased likelihood of requiring a search response.  
The analysis is based upon a dataset of over 4000 closed (when person located) missing incidents drawn from 14 police forces within England and Wales for the calendar year 2012.  The use of a full calendar year allows for any seasonal fluctuations.  
Each category contains a definition, a description of some of their features as well as providing some search implications. Also included is a table showing the length of time, type of travel and distance travelled before a missing person is located.  Additional tables provide details of likely types of locations they were found, who they spent their time with and where they were while missing.
iFIND will be crucial for all those involved in the search for missing persons to provide an effective and timely response.  Use of this tool will allow for more efficient allocation of police resources but more importantly it will improve safeguarding responses for victims and their families.


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