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1

This procedure is for missing persons but can also be used for what?

search for evidence

2

What two missing persons investigations meet the threshold for MCM and need to be lead by a MCMM?

non–familial abduction and attempts and
where circumstances indicate a strong possibility of foul play

3

The search for missing persons is divided into three levels of operation:
 Level 1 Missing Person Search
 Level 2 Missing Person Search
 Level 3 Missing Person Search

which search levels shall use the IMS?

Levels 2/3

4

The activation of an AMBER Alert shall be considered in all missing children investigations.
Before an AMBER Alert is initiated, the following guidelines must be met:

 the investigator believes a child under eighteen (18) years of age has been ABDUCTED
 the investigator believes believes the child is IN DANGER
 there is DESCRIPTIVE information about one or more of the following
 child
 abductor
 vehicle
to believe an IMMEDIATE broadcast alert will help in locating the child.

5

If the person is being reported missing at a Service facility other than a police division what shall be done for the report to be taken:

Members may contact the division responsible for that area to attend and conduct an investigation.

6

When the complainant is situated in the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is a resident of the
City of Toronto: The division receiving the report of a missing person shall
 conduct the initial investigation
 complete the applicable eReports

What if it is not the division the person resides and is missing from?

 provide the eReport number to the OIC of the division where the missing person resides
 record the name, rank and badge number of the OIC contacted in the eReport
The division where the missing person resides shall conduct a follow–up investigation.

7

When the complainant is situated in the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is not a resident of
the City of Toronto, and the area from which the person is missing is known:
The division responsible for the area from which the person is missing shall conduct a follow–up investigation.
Does the jurisdiction where the missing person resides need to be notified? How?

Immediately provide the eReport number to the Unit Commander – Intelligence Services (INT) –
International Assistance who shall then forward the report to the police service having jurisdiction where
the missing person resides

8

When the complainant is situated in the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is not a resident of
the City of Toronto, and the area from which the person is missing is unknown where does the report go and how?

􀁸 immediately provide the eReport number to the Unit Commander 􀂱 INT 􀂱 International Assistance who shall then forward the report to the police service having jurisdiction where the missing person

9

Where the complainant is situated outside the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is a resident of the City of Toronto. If the complainant called police who should take the information?

The unit receiving a report of a missing person shall transfer the complainant to the division where the missing person resides.

10

Where the complainant is situated outside the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is a resident of the City of Toronto. Should the TPS division continue to take the report over the phone?

No.
􀁸 advise the complainant that a member of the police service having jurisdiction where the complainant
is currently situated will attend to speak with them
􀁸 generate a CPIC message to the local police service requesting an officer from the local police service attend and speak with the complainant
- the name, rank, badge number, and contact information of the officer from the local police service who is attending to conduct the initial investigation, be forwarded by CPIC message to the TPS division conducting the investigation
􀀐 all information obtained during the initial investigation be forwarded by facsimile to the TPS division conducting the investigation

11

Where a complainant is situated outside the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is not a
resident of the City of Toronto, and the area from which the person is missing is known.
What are the next steps?

- advise the complainant that a member of the police service having jurisdiction where the complainant is currently situated will attend to speak with them
- immediately provide the eReport to the UC - INT - International Assistance who will forward the report to where the missing person resides
- the unit the person is missing from follows up with the report

12

Where a complainant is situated outside the City of Toronto, and is reporting a person missing who is not a
resident of the City of Toronto, and the area from which the person is missing is unknown.
Who should the complainant be transferred to?

TPOC

13

What if a complainant calls a division inquiring about the investigation into a missing person?

A citizen requesting information about another citizen’s whereabouts by telephone shall be instructed to attend at
the division or police service having jurisdiction in the area in which they reside. The member receiving the
request shall transmit any pertinent information electronically to that division or Service, and shall not provide such information over the telephone to the citizen. The OIC shall determine whether it is appropriate
to release the requested information.

14

If a missing person is under _____ of age and circumstances warrant, the police officer shall advise
the parent, guardian or the approved agency that has custody of the child that they may apply to a Justice of the
Peace (Ontario Court of Justice, Family Division) for an apprehension warrant under the Child and Family
Services Act (CFSA).

sixteen (16) years

15

What are the general responsibilities for the first officer on a missing persons call?

The first police officer shall be responsible for conducting the initial investigation, preserving evidence, completing
all necessary reports and notifying a supervisory officer of all pertinent facts.
READ PAGES 107-108 for detailed steps

16

When investigating a complaint of a missing person, what TPS forms needs to be submitted to the OIC for a Level 1 and Level 2 search?

1 - TPS 260
2- TPS 260 + 261

17

Does the supervisor need to attend the scene for a Level 1 missing person?

No, just needs to consult with the responding officer and OIC to determine the Level of search.

18

Does the supervisor need to attend the scene for a Level 2 missing person?
Who does the supervisor need to notify?

-Yes the supervisor must attend the scene and establish a command post at a location other than the place last seen or the missing person’s home.
-notify the officer in charge

19

For a Level 2/3 search: The officer in charge is responsible for ensuring an appropriate uniform response, and in the absence of the Detective Sergeant, an appropriate investigative response.
Who must the OIC notify?

 unit commander, if available
 Duty Senior Officer

20

If the OIC wants to post information posted on Pushpin and it is after regular business hours who can help?

Contact the TPOC for assistance with posting missing persons bulletins to Pushpin outside of regular business hours

21

The divisional investigator is responsible for conducting a timely and thorough investigation of missing person
occurrences. In addition to conducting the investigation, what else shall they consider?

Whether to request/obtain fingerprints or footprints of the missing person when becoming involved in a Level 3 search.

22

The Search Manager - Emergency Management & Public Order is responsible for co–ordinating the search for the missing person. Is the overall responsibility of investigating the search theirs?

Emergency Management & Public Order provides search management support. The overall responsibility for the search and its investigation remains with the division.

23

Search Manager – Emergency Management & Public Order Upon being notified by a unit commander/Duty Senior Officer of the implementation of a Level 3 search
shall:

 ensure a Command Post is established and attend the Command Post when required
 maintain liaison with the Incident Commander
 co–ordinate the Level 3 search aspect of the incident
 implement unit procedures regarding Level 3 searches

24

Upon receiving information that a missing person has been located shall

 attend the location to confirm the information
 ensure the missing person is safe
 ensure the complainant and/or next of kin is notified
 notify
 Communications Services
 all members of the Search Management Team at the Command Post, if established
 the officer in charge
 Corporate Communications
 all police services previously notified of the missing person
 update the original eReport with all pertinent information
 consider contacting the divisional Community Relations Officer or Crime Prevention Officer for follow–up and prevention strategies to prevent repeat occurrences