Official police guidance tells investigators not to rule out 'psychic help' in missing people cases
The UK College of Policing has released draft police guidance on missing persons for consultation, with a new focus on social media.
The Consultation, which will run until 9 October, will lead to official guidance for police officers – known as Authorised Professional Practice (APP) – to support them in missing persons investigations.
Extract from the Consultation regarding the guidelines on using psychics in police investigations:
https://www.app.college.police.uk/consu ... /#psychicsPsychics
High-profile missing person investigations nearly always attract the interest of psychics and others, such as witches and clairvoyants, stating that they possess extrasensory perception. Any information received from psychics should be evaluated in the context of the case, and should never become a distraction to the overall investigation and search strategy unless it can be verified. These contacts usually come from well-intentioned people, but the motive of the individual should always be ascertained, especially where financial gain is included. The person’s methods should be asked for, including the circumstances in which they received the information and any accredited successes.
A spokesperson for the COP said, in this context, “accredited success” means previous cases where a psychic has given police information that turns out to be correct.
The Daily Beast reports:
Related links:In 2006, 28 British forces told the journal Critical Thinking that they did not and have never used psychics.
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