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E-mail Response to Practical Research for power artefact

If you have been following my blog you should be able to see that I previously sent an e-mail to an unnamable source to et some information to help my artefact grow and become more realistic. I wanted to know the following questions:

* What happens when someone first calls in to report a missing person?

* At what point do the police contact family/friends etc in order for them to help locate the person?

* Do you have any statistics about missing persons in the area or where can I find these?

* If you found belongings from a missing person would you contact the family to notify them?

I wanted to find out these questions because I wanted to be able to make it seem as if the recordings I am planning to do is real, and the bast way you can do this is to ask people who deal with these kind of issues every day.

The following e-mail is a response to an e-mail I sent out. You can see that I am interested in making sure everyone who helps me is protected if requested. Some of the information and names have not been published on this blog because they did not wish to be identified.

RE: Missing persons research, Coventry University, Mrs Charlotte Gunn‏

From:

UNNAMED SOURCE

Sent:

10 November 2009 14:48:18

To:

Charlotte Gunn (charlotte20242003@hotmail.com)

Charlotte,


* What happens when someone first calls in to report a missing person?

(INFORMATION GATHERED FOR AN UNNAMABLE SOURCE WE CAN NOT CONFIRM THE INFORMTAION SUPPLIED AS FACT BUT AS RESEARCH TOWARDS A FICITIONAL SITUATION ***added by myself Charlotte Gunn***)

Initially the call taker would take as much info from the reporting person as possible. I.E name, address, mobile number, date of birth (DOB), circumstances (did they leave a note, are they late home, do they regularly go missing, any arguments/problems beforehand, is it out of character?), contacts, places frequented. The call taker will also ask questions which would form a risk assessment to establish whether the missing person (misper) would be treated as a high, med or low risk. These are questions such as does the misper self harm or have they ever attempted suicide? Do they have any essential medication which they do not have with them? Are they dressed for the weather? Any mental or physical illnesses? Intelligence checks will be carried out and a unit will be sent to the address of the reporting person and or the mispers home address to conduct a house search and collect further info from the reporting person and a photograph. They will complete a further risk assessment at this stage. Once the risk assessment has been carried out by the Duty Sgt the actions will be set and units allocated. The actions and the timescales of all this will depend on the level of risk.


* At what point do the police contact family/friends etc in order for them to help locate the person?

The call taker would take info regarding friends/family/partners and attempts will be made to contact them ASAP normally by phone in the first instance to ascertain when they last saw/heard from the missing person. Any contacts which we can not get hold of but have an address for will be checked by a unit. As far as area searches by family are concerned it really depends on the situation.

Family and friends are encouraged to check places where they know the misper frequents and drive around the area looking for them but anything which involves large-scale searching of say marshland may be deemed too much risk and should be left to the specialist search teams. These are normally reserved however for high risk mispers (people at immediate risk of harm to themselves or others such as people who have threatened suicide or small children).


* Do you have any statistics about missing persons in the area or where can I find these?

It would be hard to get information which would paint an accurate picture of what I think you are talking about. Missing people are not just the likes of Madeline McCann. Missing people are reported everyday as a matter of policy when they are not considered missing to your average member of public so our statistics are not a fair representation of the actual missing reports which you would expect. Anything I supply you would be misleading. You may be able to get a statistics from http://www.missingpeople.org.uk/


* If you found belongings from a missing person would you contact the family to notify them?

***UNABLE TO SHOW THIS TEXT AS REQUESTED****, if there is a development in the investigation a member of the missing persons office or a police officer would update them, often find families can shed more light on developments in order to find the misper more quickly. Attempts are always made to try to speak to the person directly or in the event of particularly bad or distressing news a police officer would attend them in person.

We would only leave a message informing them that there has been a development and could they contact us back or that we would phone back again. Anyone can pick up a message intended for someone else. We often leave messages on mispers phones asking them to make contact with the police or their families so we know they are safe as people often don’t know they have been reported.

Some links…..

http://www.missingpeople.org.uk/ they have a freefone service for info on missing persons

http://www.npia.police.uk/en/10200.htm NPIA sets out our guidelines for the investigation of missing persons.

I am happy to help Charlotte, I remember what it is like trying to get people to help with research but please do not identify myself (unnamed source) or organisationthe in your blog.

Regards,




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