Bedfordshire Police treats reports of missing people very
seriously and works hard to locate those who have gone missing.
Several resources from the force will be used to assist in missing
people enquiries, including the force control room, community
officers, response officers, and the dedicated missing people
The force also works with partner agencies to ensure that people
who go missing regularly are safeguarded appropriately and receive
the help and support they need to prevent future occurrences of
them going missing.
A missing person is defined as someone whose whereabouts cannot
be established and where the circumstances are out of character, or
the context suggests the person may be subject to crime, or at risk
of harm to themselves or another.
When someone is reported missing, they will be categorised as
either low, medium, or high risk. The risk level will be regularly
reviewed and amended if necessary.
An absent person is defined as someone who is not in a place where
they are expected or required to be and where there is no apparent