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NCJ Number: 145644 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement Policies and Practices Regarding Missing Children and Homeless Youth: Research Summary
Author(s): J J Collins; L L Powers; M E McCalla; C L Ringwalt; R M Lucas
Corporate Author: RTI International
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study describes the police response, the factors associated with that response, and parent and caretaker satisfaction with police handling of cases involving runaway, thrownaway, and missing children that were reported to them. Data were obtained through mail surveys of police agencies, site visits, and interviews with parents or caretakers.
Abstract: The report outlines characteristics of the children and youth who are involved in these cases, ways in which police respond as well as obstacles to an effective response and programs that address the problem of missing children, and the most frequent outcomes of missing children cases. The findings show that police will investigate cases involving a serious violation of the law, very young children, or a dangerous situation first. Most reported missing children cases involve runaways or family abductions. Some of the standard procedures followed by police officers include dispatching a patrol to the scene, taking a written statement from the reporting party, initiating follow-up investigations within a couple of days of the report, and suggesting ways parents could help locate the child. Primary obstacles to police investigations include their inability to detain status offenders, limited police and community resources, poor follow-up and prosecution of parental abductors, the low priority given to runaway cases, and lack of cooperation and communication with other law enforcement and social service agencies. 5 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Juveniles; Missing children; Missing person investigation; Runaways; Victims of Crime
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