How well do we search for missing people in Queensland, Australia?

Whitehead, James, Franklin, Richard, and Mahony, Tracey (2023) How well do we search for missing people in Queensland, Australia? Journal of Search and Rescue, 6 (2). pp. 101-118.

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Most countries, states or counties have an organised Search and Rescue (SAR) response to reported missing people, whether it is by statutory authorities such as the police or by volunteer groups. The success or otherwise of the ensuing searches is often dependent on the training of the coordination team and the adherence to known and proven search strategies. It would be realistic to assert that the chances of a successful search are reduced if the coordinator cannot put those searchers in the right location. This paper examines the functionality of the SAR system in Queensland, looking at the coordination structure, the strategies utilised in determining search areas and whether they are still fit for purpose. The response to SAR is a police responsibility with the assistance of volunteers groups such as the State Emergency Service, and to this end a significant effort is undertaken to train both police coordinators and volunteer searchers.

Item ID: 77403
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2230-5734
Keywords: search and rescue, missing persons, homicide location
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 00:54
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440211 Police administration, procedures and practice @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230404 Law enforcement @ 100%
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