Police Departments All Over The World Deal With The Common Problem Of People Going Missing Essay

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When You Go Missing Who Do You Call Police departments all over the world deal with the common problem of people going missing. Missing persons is defined best as, “any person, 18 or older whose disappearance is not possibly not voluntary, or a child whose whereabouts are unknown to the child’s legal custodian” (Legal). Within the US, there are a substantial number of missing persons. In the year 2015, over 630,000 reports were made for missing persons, and while many of them were eventually closed, there are an average of 90,000 incidents active at any given moment in the US (Ritter). In the 2014/15 year, across the English and Welsh police forces there were 210,632 incident reports created for missing persons. When relating back to the US’s 630,000 reports in the same time, the question should be asked, why is there such a disparity. Like America, a clear majority of the incidents are resolved within the same year but of the 47,000 people that are missing each day, only about 12,220 missing persons stay missing(Newiss). While any number of missing persons is unacceptable, the difference of both incidents reported and people missing at any given time show a clear problem that seems to plague the American police. The US seems to have a problem with missing persons investigations, one in which the UK seems to be more efficient at handling. There is a clear deficit of nearly 80,000 people in comparison between the US and the UK. Even, taking into account the comparative size

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