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Missing/Absent Recording

Question

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1.How many missing people incidents were recorded on your command and control system, broken down by each month of 2014, 2015 and for January 2016?

2. How many people were recorded as “absent” on the command and control system, broken down by each month of 2014, 2015 and for January 2016?

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3. How many people were recorded on your missing person system broken down by month for 2014, 2014 and for January 2016?

4. How many children under the age of 18 were recorded on missing person system as: a. “missing” or b. “absent” (please breakdown by month) 2014, 2015 and for January 2016?

5.  If possible-please provide a breakdown of missing and of absent children by ethnicity, for 2014, 2015 and Jan 2016

6. If possible-please provide a breakdown of missing and of absent children by nationality, (e.g. Albanian, Vietnamese, Afghan), for 2014, 2015 and Jan 2016

Answer

Q1-2. Please find the information in the table below:

2014

Month

Missing Person

Absent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January

296

0

February

292

0

March

380

0

April

328

0

May

364

87

June

392

191

July

408

244

August

372

188

September

383

187

October

372

186

November

397

170

December

413

118

2015

Month

Missing Person

Absent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January

391

83

February

411

87

March

523

114

April

536

93

May

624

89

June

639

112

July

614

99

August

648

83

September

695

66

October

586

29

November

521

34

December

529

35

2016

Month

Missing Person

Absent

 

January

541

18

 

Q3. Please find the information in the table below. The date provided is the date that the information was recorded on our systems.

Month/Year

Count

Jan-14

269

Feb-14

219

Mar-14

282

Apr-14

262

May-14

213

Jun-14

182

Jul-14

200

Aug-14

170

Sep-14

166

Oct-14

167

Nov-14

222

Dec-14

272

Jan-15

277

Feb-15

288

Mar-15

323

Apr-15

360

May-15

504

Jun-15

483

Jul-15

479

Aug-15

476

Sep-15

535

Oct-15

550

Nov-15

483

Dec-15

458

Jan-16

462

Total

8,302

 4. In September 2015 the constabulary departed from using the broader definition of “missing” and adopted the following definitions of “missing” and “absent”.

Missing is defined as:
"Anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established and they are either:
• aged under 18; or
• aged 18 or older, and the circumstances are out of character or the context suggests the person may be subject of crime or at risk of harm to themselves or another"

Absent is defined as:
"A person, aged 18 or older, not at a place where they are expected or required to be and there is no apparent risk"

Please find the information in the table below. Due to the change in our recording systems, we are unable to break the information down by “missing” or “absent” prior to September 2015. Where missing or absent has not been specified, this figure has been provided in a separate column.

Month/Year

Absent

Missing

Not Specified

Total

Jan-14

 

 

 

98

Feb-14

 

 

 

87

Mar-14

 

 

 

130

Apr-14

 

 

 

101

May-14

 

 

 

97

Jun-14

 

 

 

82

Jul-14

 

 

 

89

Aug-14

 

 

 

77

Sep-14

 

 

 

64

Oct-14

 

 

 

75

Nov-14

 

 

 

104

Dec-14

 

 

 

97

Jan-15

 

 

 

121

Feb-15

 

 

 

145

Mar-15

 

 

 

140

Apr-15

 

 

 

157

May-15

 

 

 

226

Jun-15

 

 

 

241

Jul-15

 

 

 

210

Aug-15

 

 

 

185

Sep-15

0

63

236

299

Oct-15

0

175

127

302

Nov-15

0

178

92

270

Dec-15

0

148

67

215

Jan-16

0

181

85

266

Total

0

745

3,133

3,878

5. Please find the breakdown of missing children by ethnicity in the table below:

Year

2014

2015

January 2016

IC1 - White

804

1,520

100

IC2 - Dark European

4

11

 

IC3 - African Caribbean

95

137

11

IC4 - Asian

12

20

 

IC5 - Oriental

 

1

 

IC6 - Arabic

1

1

 

Other

49

111

8

Unknown

136

545

104

Total

1,101

2,346

223

6. Please find the breakdown of missing and of absent children by nationality in the table below:

Nationality

2014

2015

2016 (Jan)

Afghanistan

 

1

 

Albania

 

1

 

Botswana

3

1

 

England

49

49

4

Gambia

 

5

1

India

1

 

 

Ireland

 

2

 

Jamaica

1

3

 

Netherlands

0

2

 

Other

1

1

 

Pakistan

 

1

 

Poland

9

 

 

Saudi   Arabia

1

 

 

Somalia

1

1

 

UK

333

550

40

Unknown

702

1,608

178

Total  

1,101

2,225

223

 

FOI Ref: 257/16

Date of Request