Sussex Community Search Team is an all-volunteer primary and secondary search resource for Sussex Police and neighbouring forces. A primary search is one for a missing person, a secondary search might be to secure discarded items sought as evidence and 'safety sweeps' of public areas looking for discarded or concealed weapons and illegal drug-related items.

In the UK each year about 170,000 people go missing

More than 2,000 people are reported missing to Sussex Police each year

If you need to report someone missing, please call your local police on 101 or visit your nearest police station.

If there are immediate welfare concerns, call 999.

You do not have to wait 24 hours before contacting the police.

Every year in the UK more than 70,000 children go missing. A child is reported missing every 2 minutes. Every second a child is missing puts them more in danger


If you are unsure about reporting someone as missing, the charity "missing people" provides straightforward guidance here.

In your professional opinion as a carer, or from your knowledge as a family member, do you know someone at risk of going 'walk about' or even missing? The Herbert Protocol can help – click the icon to find out more