In the case of a missing person a patrol officer will take the initial report, which is then forwarded to the Detectives Division for follow-up. If the subject meets one of the 5 criteria points the subject is entered into the computer system as missing. Depending upon the circumstance detectives and or search and rescue may respond.
When a parent or guardian calls 911 to report their child as a runaway the Patrol Division gathers all information that is available and files a report. The runaway is then entered into the computer system either by dispatchers or Bremerton Police Department Records. A copy of the report is then sent to the Detectives Division for tracking purposes. The report is kept on file and follow-up is done with the family periodically until the child is located.
While it is neither a crime to be missing nor a runaway the Bremerton Police Department makes every effort to document and follow-up with the families.