- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2015

British law enforcement are now being advised to seek the help of clairvoyants when investigating a missing person case.

A new proposal from the College of Policing advises law enforcement to consult people claiming to have supernatural abilities, The Independent reported.

Under revised professional standards released for consultation this week, officers are reminded: “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.”

According to the report, any information received from psychics should “be evaluated in the context of the case,” but officers are advised it should not “become a distraction to the overall investigation and search strategy unless it can be verified,” the Independent reported.

The report warns officers to be cautious of the supposed clairvoyant’s motives, “especially where financial gain is included,” and advised police to find out details of the methods used, including details of how they receive their information and any “accredited successes.”

John Briggs, a former detective superintendent at Derbyshire Constabulary, said some people claiming to have supernatural powers may just be amateur investigators putting on a show.

“Some people say they have supernatural powers when they have information. We deal with it in the same way we would deal with any other information … if they say it’s come to them in a dream for example, isn’t the same thing as how they have actually got it. They may have started asking around and doing their own investigation,” he told PoliceOracle.com.

But other experts say most families don’t feel comfortable with the use of a mystic in an investigation.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Missing People charity said: “As a non-judgmental organisation, we respect the fact that some families of missing people will want to try every avenue in order to find a loved one. Research based on interviews with the families of missing people conducted by the charity shows that no interviewees reported significant findings or comfort from the experience of consulting … psychics or mediums.”

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