• K.R. Syncanna posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    This sounds about right. Of course my local police department would have an awful policy.

    • Yeah, it probably should have read “Police don’t always demand 24-hours”. They also don’t usually limit you to one phone call if you need more.

      • Police love phone calls. Everything you say in a phone call is another statement that may be useful to them in court. Every phone call is another lead. Every conversation is another person they can potentially extort, um, call as a witness in exchange for not charging them with accessory, interfering with an investigation, etc.

      • Plus, if I were running a rational police department, I would accept any report at any time, even if there was a policy they we didn’t act on missing persons reports until 24 hours had elapsed.

        That way all essential contact information, descriptions, etc. would be on file in case it was needed and the reporting person’s memory of events would…[Read more]

      • This is the oldest SLAC web page. Both links actually work, but not the phone number lookup on the first link, nor the document index on the second link. You can get help on the second link’s page, though! I was interested to see how they handled data entry on the phone number lookup page.

        The pages load very very quickly: no graphics, no…[Read more]

      • The previous was meant as a stand-alone comment, not a reply to mrmisconception. Oops!

      • I suppose it makes sense in TV/films that they limit you to one phonecall, because there’s more tension.

        If no-one answered, and they just said “OK, can I have another phonecall?” “Sure,” it would ruin the drama a bit.

    • Or they had a problem with crazy parents trying to get at their kids’ friends they don’t like. I knew someone who was raised in a “parent by cop” household. One date had the cops called on him for kidnapping when they were less than an hour late getting home (back before cell phones were common). The last thing she told me when she was almost 21…[Read more]

  • K.R. Syncanna posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    The only problem I find with the Misconceptions link – I ran away before, the local police DID make my parents wait 24 hours before allowing my missing person report to be filed. This may be something that varies from towns/counties/states/regions/etc.

    • It is situation-specific from everything I have read. Different police departments may have different policies.

      • This sounds about right. Of course my local police department would have an awful policy.

        • Yeah, it probably should have read “Police don’t always demand 24-hours”. They also don’t usually limit you to one phone call if you need more.

          • Police love phone calls. Everything you say in a phone call is another statement that may be useful to them in court. Every phone call is another lead. Every conversation is another person they can potentially extort, um, call as a witness in exchange for not charging them with accessory, interfering with an investigation, etc.

          • Plus, if I were running a rational police department, I would accept any report at any time, even if there was a policy they we didn’t act on missing persons reports until 24 hours had elapsed.

            That way all essential contact information, descriptions, etc. would be on file in case it was needed and the reporting person’s memory of events would…[Read more]

          • This is the oldest SLAC web page. Both links actually work, but not the phone number lookup on the first link, nor the document index on the second link. You can get help on the second link’s page, though! I was interested to see how they handled data entry on the phone number lookup page.

            The pages load very very quickly: no graphics, no…[Read more]

          • The previous was meant as a stand-alone comment, not a reply to mrmisconception. Oops!

          • I suppose it makes sense in TV/films that they limit you to one phonecall, because there’s more tension.

            If no-one answered, and they just said “OK, can I have another phonecall?” “Sure,” it would ruin the drama a bit.

        • Or they had a problem with crazy parents trying to get at their kids’ friends they don’t like. I knew someone who was raised in a “parent by cop” household. One date had the cops called on him for kidnapping when they were less than an hour late getting home (back before cell phones were common). The last thing she told me when she was almost 21…[Read more]