Missing persons in Ireland, the Garda Siochána’s response

Jordan, Dave (2009) Missing persons in Ireland, the Garda Siochána’s response. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this research was to ascertain the Garda Siochána’s response to missing persons. The principal objective was to gauge if the response was in keeping with international best standards and comparable police forces in the United Kingdom. The scope of the research was to complete a documental review of existing missing person policies and procedures. The author also undertook to assess a number of the newer developments such as risk assessments and lost person behaviour. Semi-structured interviews where undertaken across five of the twenty seven operational Garda divisions. This was to gauge first hand the views of operational members and supervisors to the existing policies and procedures, training, risk assessment, review and supervision. This enabled the author to correlate the responses with the findings of the literature review and secondary sources such as the Garda Inspectorate Report. The findings highlighted the need for a comprehensive review of the area with a view to developing a manual of guidance comparable to the ACPO manual of 2005. This would enable front line Gardai and supervisors to operate checklists on routine missing person functions while also providing supervisors with a sound basis to assess and review decisions.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/725

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