Missing persons

In 2015, police in Canada recorded more than 71,000 reports of missing people. The RCMP has made these cases an operational priority.

Improving how we work

The RCMP developed a National Missing Persons Strategy to strengthen our investigations. It's built on four pillars:

  • Demonstrating accountability
  • Strong partnerships with other agencies
  • Supporting families of missing persons
  • Increasing public awareness

The RCMP updated its Missing Persons Policy as part of this Strategy. It includes:

  • Completing a "Missing Person Intake and Risk Assessment Form" for all incidents.
  • Regular communication with the families of missing people through a set schedule.
  • Improved supervisory oversight for missing persons investigations.
  • The development of new mandatory missing person training for our members.


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