Report someone you know as missing
Before you report a missing person
If you believe someone you know is missing, we ask that friends, family members, carers and other concerned parties try to locate them before reporting this to the police by:
- Phoning the missing person
- Contacting friends who they may be with
- Visiting places where they are likely to be, particularly if they have been missing and subsequently found somewhere previously.
If this is unsuccessful:
- Call 999 if you believe the person is vulnerable and could be in immediate danger. For example, if the missing person is a young child or elderly.
- Call our 101 non-emergency number in any other circumstances.
- Visit your nearest police station if you are nearby
What information will I be asked for?
- A description, including identifiable features and what they were wearing when you last saw them.
- The date and time they were last seen.
- Information about their habits, including places they enjoy going to and people they may be with.
- A recent photograph of the person.
- What type of mobile phone the missing person has, as well as their mobile phone number, email addresses and information about their use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Whether there’s a possibility that the missing person may be a victim of crime.
The Herbert Protocol: A system to help in the search for people living with Dementia-related illnesses
Families and carers are encouraged to download and complete the Herbert Protocol form as thoroughly as possible, including vital details such as places of interest or significance, daily routines, medications required and a recent photograph.
Once filled in, print-off the form and keep it somewhere easily accessible, safe and memorable and share copies with family, friends and trusted neighbours. In the event that someone goes missing, the form can then easily be handed to our officers to help in the search for a missing person.
What will Nottinghamshire Police do to trace a missing person?
In the first instance, we will ask for as much information as possible to determine whether an immediate police response is required. If this is not the case, we will offer advice to help you trace the person before further police action is taken.
Once we launch a missing person inquiry, we will provide ongoing support and guidance throughout what can be a difficult time for relatives and friends.
We'll search the missing person's home, check other places they visit (including their workplace, hospitals and homes of relatives and friends) and make further enquiries to attempt to trace the person.
Who else will be involved?
If the missing person is under 18 years of age or is considered to be vulnerable, information about the case will be shared with other agencies in-line with local information sharing agreements to safeguard the person.
When will Nottinghamshire Police publicise a person as missing?
A lot of thought must go into each decision when we appeal to the public to help find a missing person.
There are many considerations and reasons why we may be particularly concerned for an individual – even one missing for a relatively short period of time – based on their age, recent behaviour, medical history/conditions and other factors.
Your support of our missing person appeals on our website, social media and through the local media is invaluable and does regularly help us to reunite missing people with their loved ones.
What happens when the person is found?
If the missing person is spotted or found, please let us know immediately so our officers can bring their inquiry to a close.
In most cases, we'll need to see the person to confirm they are safe and well and to discuss what happened.
We will inform interested parties that the person has been found but we never disclose the whereabouts of that person without their consent, unless there are concerns about the person’s age or vulnerability.
An investigation may continue into any allegations of crime which may be linked to their absence.
What support is offered to missing people once they have been found?
If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small - don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone.
If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is here for you.
Contact ChildLine anytime - calls are free and confidential.
Call 0800 1111.
UK-based charity specialising in international parental child abduction, offering online advice, prevention guides and information on support services.Advice line.
Tel: 0116 255 6234
Offers emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Open 24 hours a day.
Tel: 116 123 - this number is free to call from landlines, mobiles and payphones and does not display on phone bills.
A website run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, the UK’s national law enforcement agency for protecting children.