Following an article in yesterday’s Evening Standard (Met’s £40m a year on missing persons cases), we have urged caution in light of comments made by the Deputy Mayor for Policing, Stephen Greenhalgh, suggesting that the burden on police finances from missing persons investigations should be reduced.
Jo Youle, Missing People Chief Executive (pictured) said:
“We welcome Mr Greenhalgh taking the opportunity to question who is best placed to deliver some services in relation to missing people investigations in the public arena, and we must ensure vulnerable children and adults are not put at greater risk.
“It is important to recognise the links between people going missing, child sexual exploitation and gang exploitation. The charity Missing People already works hard in partnership with a number of forces to support this vital work in this area.
“Moving forward, it will be crucial to keep an open dialogue on any suggested changes so that ongoing partnerships will continue to safeguard vulnerable people. We look forward to dialogue with Mr Greenhalgh.”
The article was published in advance of a new report “The police mission in the twenty-first century rebalancing the role of the first public service”, released today, co-authored by Stephen Greenhalgh and Blair Gibbs and published by the Reform think tank. Missing People will be responding to the report separately.