If I report someone as missing will the police put their picture in the papers or on social media?

It can be a difficult decision to publicise the case of a missing person.

Releasing the details on social media or to the press is always done with consideration to the wishes of a missing persons next of kin and officers will always seek permission to use photographs that might be provided to us to help publicise a case.

We have had some notable successes in locating missing people using social media and the traditional press and a balanced view of the impact on both the missing person and their families against the benefits of asking for the help of the general public will always be taken.


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