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Missing Persons: Databases

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces are using computerised data systems for management and recording of missing persons reports. (202229)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: All police forces in England and Wales use some form of computer system for the management and recording of missing persons reports. The details of the systems that each police force has in place are given in the following table. This information was obtained from the October 2007 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary “Inspection Reports on Protecting Vulnerable People—Missing Persons”, in combination with research carried out by the Missing Persons Bureau (MPB).

A total of 20 police forces use WPC Software’s Community Policing and Case Tracking (COMPACT) computer system to record and manage their missing persons’ cases. Electronic data transfer between ‘COMPACT’ forces and the MPB’s ‘Hermes’ system is being arranged.

Automatic data transfer mechanisms for the other systems are being investigated.

At a national level, the MPB use Hermes, which is a purpose-built electronic database, developed and implemented by the Missing People charity through the Invest to Save Initiative in 2004-05. The shared technology between the MPB and the charity facilitates effective transfer of data between the two organisations and collaborative efforts on research and analysis projects.

All police forces and the MPB also have access to the Police National Computer (PNC). The national Guidance on the Management, Recording and Investigation of Missing Persons indicates that officers should record details of all missing persons reported to them on the PNC within 48 hours.

Force

Paper or Electronic

System details

Avon and Somerset

Electronic

‘Guardian’ used.

Bedfordshire

Electronic

WPC Community Policing and Case Tracking (COMPACT) used.

Cambridgeshire

Electronic

‘Lotus Notes’ database linked to ‘Intrepid’ and Police National Computer (PNC).

Cheshire

Electronic

High risk missing person cases are managed via ‘PROMS’, otherwise ‘ATLAS’ used.

City of London Police

Electronic

‘Integra’ (incident management) used.

Cleveland Police

Electronic

MS ‘Access’ database used. The force also uses ‘Intergraph’ C&C system linked to ‘IRIS’.

Cumbria Constabulary

Electronic

‘SLEUTH’ used.

Derbyshire Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Dorset Police

Electronic

Bespoke missing persons case management system.

Durham Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Dyfed-Powys Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Essex Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Greater Manchester Police

Electronic

Bespoke system called ‘OPUS’.

Gwent Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Hampshire Constabulary

Electronic

Niche ‘RMS’ used.

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Humberside Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Kent Police

Electronic

‘STORM’ used.

Lancashire Constabulary

Electronic

‘SLEUTH’ used.

Leicestershire Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Lincolnshire Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Merseyside Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Metropolitan Police

Electronic

‘Merlin’ used.

Norfolk Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

North Wales Police

Electronic

‘iTrace’ used.

North Yorkshire Police

Electronic

Niche ‘RMS’ used.

Northamptonshire Police

Electronic

‘CHAMPION’ used.

Northumbria Police

Electronic

‘CIS’ used.

Nottinghamshire Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

South Wales Police

Electronic

Niche ‘RMS’ used.

South Yorkshire Police

Electronic

‘iTrace’ used.

Staffordshire Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Suffolk Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

Surrey Police

Electronic

‘CIS’ used.

Sussex Police

Electronic

‘CIF’ database used.

Thames Valley Police

Electronic

Bespoke system.

Warwickshire Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

West Mercia Constabulary

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force.

West Midlands Police

Electronic

A ‘COMPACT’ force

West Yorkshire Police

Electronic

‘IBIS’ command and control system used linked to ‘OIS’ and ‘CORVUS’

Wiltshire Constabulary

Electronic

Bespoke system linked to Niche ‘RMS’