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Situational

Tips

If available, utilize audio/video equipment while en-route to the scene and after arrival to capture any and all pertinent information.
Verify subject is in fact missing, interview caller(s), suspect(s) or witnesses, collect statements, record contact information, details, photograph(s), clothing description, mental/physical disabilities, threats of suicide or threats to others, etc.
If evidence of an abduction exists, contact NYSP COMSEC (1-518-457-6811) to
request an AMBER Alert
For alert activation of a New York State Missing College Student or Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert, (1-800-346-3543)
contact NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse.
Follow your agency policies and procedures.
Verify most recent court order, and check for protection orders or domestic violence history. Contact court if necessary to verify.
Determine if personal items are missing. Secure potential evidence in accordance with your agency’s procedures. Secure items such as bedding or clothing, to be used as scent articles for search dogs. Secure letters, cards, diaries, address/phone books, photographs, items with potential fingerprints, DNA (hairbrush, toothbrush, pillow case).
Registration Number, Year, Make, Model, Color, how much fuel is in the car, is it On-Star (1-866-866-5006) equipped, unique identifiers (stickers, paint colors, dents/body damage, accessories, etc.) Add vehicle to the missing person record in the eJustice Portal.
Ensure juvenile entry is made with the correct condition and circumstance. Entry must be made within 2 hours.
Ensure entry is made with correct condition. Example: Vulnerable Adult, Disabled, Endangered, etc. There is NO waiting period.
Send detailed information to law enforcement agencies in the surrounding areas using an eJustice Portal administrative message.
Secure scene for potential evidence and K-9 scent items.
For case assessment, publication, or activation of a New York State Missing Child Alert, (1-800-346-3543)
contact NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse.
For case assessment, publication, or activation of a New York State Missing College Student Alert, (1-800-346-3543)
contact NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse
For case assessment, publication, or activation of a New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert, (1-800-346-3543)
contact NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse
Ensure adequate staffing levels, utilize lead tip form or leads management software, advise surrounding agencies of incident, establish a dedicated phone line, etc.
What are the subjects likes or dislikes, favorite places, or hobbies? Who are the subjects family members and current/former friends or relationships? Has there been any recent changes in behavior or in the status of a relationship? Is there any history of drug or alcohol use?
Have the addresses checked by the local law enforcement agency.
Check with reporting party as well as in-house records management system. How were those cases previously resolved?
Examples: flapping hands, repetitive movements, self-stimulating behavior, etc. What is their level of communication (verbal/non-verbal)?
Examples: ID tags, bracelets, Project Life Saver, GPS devices, temporary tattoos, etc.
If yes, collect transmitter information from parent/guardian/caregiver.
Contact local Project Lifesaver responders.
Parent or caregiver may provide information regarding a specific fixation or interest. Examples: water, trains, music, places, etc.
Highways/roads, water sources, construction sites, natural hazards, attractive nuisances, garbage routes, etc.
Utilize online mapping.
When was the last time they were taken? Do they have their medication with them? What are the risks if they do not take their medication?
Is it accounted for? Has the subject made any threats to harm himself or others?
Usually determined by the child's age and boundaries set by parents/guardians.
Search area for subject, evidence, or signs of travel. Search should include brush/wooded areas, structures, vehicles (including trunks), recent purchase of transportation tickets, trailhead log books, etc.
Conduct a door to door search gathering witnesses and information in the area of point last seen. Interview and document (name, address, phone number(s), email, etc.) all residents and guests. If there is no response document for follow up.
Both private and publically owned. Are they accessible 24/7?
Establish containment with road patrols, license plate readers, road blocks, etc.
Locate and interview all known sex offenders within the local area. Expand the area as necessary.
Utilize Sex Offender Registry
Institute Incident Command System protocols. Command post should not be located at the residence or at the last known place where the subject was seen.
Severe weather may increase the search urgency.
What is the 24 hour forecast?
Start from the time of last contact through the duration of the investigation.
Contact aviation assets, K-9, search and rescue, Forest Rangers, etc, if warranted by case details. Consider using A Child Is Missing- A free rapid-response, high-tech telephone alert system which can be used for both children and adults. 1-888-875-2246 (See Resources)
Assign an officer to serve as a point of contact for family. This officer may gather further critical information and can provide access to support services.
A group composed of active/retired law enforcement who will assist with missing child investigation. Contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (1-800-THE-LOST1-800-THE-LOST) or
Team Adam.
What is the availability of needed equipment, personnel, team leaders, communications, food/water, restrooms/portable toilets, etc.
Consider medical conditions, physical conditions, timeline, access to transportation, weather conditions, etc.
Periodically check subjects Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Instagram, Whisper, SnapChat, etc. pages for activity. Consider subpoenaing social media company for pertinent records.
Attempt to locate the subject through cell phone pings/GPS location, credit/debit card activity, On-Star, etc.
The missing subject may return to the residence or facility on their own. Do not rely on family or staff to conduct the search.
Consider current effectiveness of search, any clues or leads generated, timeframe since missing report, weather conditions, available resources, budget concerns, etc.
Identify strengths and weaknesses , potential policy changes, future planning, etc.

Resource Contacts

NYS DCJS Missing Persons Clearinghouse

For help with: Publication and Alerts

1-800-346-3543

New York State Forest Rangers

For help with: Search and Rescue

1-518-408-5850

New York State Police COMSEC

For help with: Amber Alert Request

1-518-457-6811

New York State Police

For help with: Contact Local Troop

https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Contact_Us/Troop_Information/

New York State Police K-9

For help with: Contact Local Troop

https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Contact_Us/Troop_Information/

New York State Police Aviation

For help with: Contact Local Troop

https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Contact_Us/Troop_Information/

New York Federation of Search and Rescue

For help with: Search and Rescue

1-855-669-9727

A Child Is Missing

For help with: Reverse 911 Calls

1-888-875-2246

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/ Team Adam

For help with: Investigative Assistance and Resources

1-800-843-5678

OnStar

For help with: OnStar equiped vehicle tracking

866-866-5006