The final episode of BBC One documentary ‘Reported Missing’ aired on Monday, 24 September – and the series has received high praise from both members of the public and fellow police professionals.
'Reported Missing' was a four part series following high risk missing from home cases across Cheshire.
The final episode followed a case in Northwich which centred on missing 40-year-old man Michael Price. It involved a major investigation with Underwater Search, NPAS helicopters and specialist search resources checking every nook and cranny of the town.
Other cases have included the report of missing five-year-old ‘Tyler’ from Macclesfield and the search for 77-year-old Jean, from Neston, who went missing after catching the bus to a doctor’s appointment.
Between three and four million people watched each episode, and following the conclusion of the series Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “Sadly the outcomes in these cases weren’t always positive, but what has really come across is the compassion our officers and staff demonstrate in every missing from home case.
“We have seen from the feedback how well respected and admired our teams are, and this is down to the hard work and dedication shown by staff across the county.
“I would like to thank all those who took part in the ‘Reported Missing’ documentary, for both their cooperation with the filming crews and for representing the Constabulary in such a positive light.”
Following the last episode there were a number of positive comments posted on Facebook.
A member of the public, from Twickenham in London, also wrote in to praise the show.
She said: "To the whole of your team, many congratulations on Monday night's TV programme.
"What heros they (the officers) are for your force.
"With the negative report one hears so frequently about the boys in blue - in my eyes they are superstars and someone to look up to. Keep up the good work!"
The 'Reported Missing' series has also been praised by the NPCC missing persons' team.
Superintendent Steven Cox, National Staff Officer within the NPCC Missing Person Portfolio, emailed Sergeant Simon Degg following the first episode which included the story of a father who reported his five-year-old son ‘Tyler’ missing in Macclesfield.
Supt Cox said: “There have been many television programs over the years in relation to this area of policing. That said, I have genuinely never felt the need to email any person or force in relation to those.
“However, having watched tonight’s episode, in relation to the report of ‘Tyler’ being missing, I thought you came across absolutely brilliantly, you were caring, compassionate and portrayed the skills and attributes we expect to see in our first line supervisors.
“I believe that officers across the country could learn some valuable lessons in relation to the golden hour and initial days investigations of missing, particularly how those investigations should be gripped and true safeguarding actions carried out. You did this to a high level and did the service proud.
“Well done on some excellent policing. I know these shows only show some of those involved, therefore please pass my thanks to the wider team.”