New guidelines for British police state they can no longer ignore tips and help from psychics during missing person cases. In the past, officers were very open about dismissing tip-offs from anyone who claimed to be psychic. Thanks to these guidelines, they must now look into any tips they receive from psychics, clairvoyants, and mediums.
Of course, they must take anything they hear with caution and a grain of salt, just in case. The training academy that police officers use in England, called the College of Policing, advises officers to evaluate any information or tips received from psychics and mediums in the case context.
It also suggests that they investigate whether that particular informant has previously succeeded in solving other cases, record any methods they use to develop their information, and then make a judgment call based on those things. The training documents also state that the information a psychic gives should not become a ‘distraction’ if they find it is not helping the investigation.
Not Everyone Will Be Excited About These Rules
More than likely, veteran detectives who’ve ignored psychic tips in the past will meet these new guidelines with criticism. One of the critics’ concerns is that psychics might give desperate families false hope. Another is that there is insufficient evidence proving psychics can successfully solve cases. Departments nationwide ask police officers to comment on these guidelines by this month.
The College of Policing writes, ‘High-profile missing person investigations nearly always attract the interest of psychics and others, such as witches and clairvoyants. Any information received from psychics should be evaluated in the case context and should never become a distraction unless it can be verified.’
‘The individual’s motive 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.’ Read How Do Psychics Help Police Fight Crime? and The Stories Of Two Psychic’s Who Help The Police Solve Cases