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Urban Search: Managing Missing Person Searches in the Urban Environment

Front Cover of Urban Search Book

Paperback: 352 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 39 illustrations
Publisher: dbS Productions
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-879471-38-2

Price: $25.00 USD

  by Christopher S. Young and John Wehbring

This book is the first comprehensive guide to urban search. It compares factors of an urban/suburban incident with a wilderness search, including preplanning, search management, special investigation considerations, unique urban strategy and tactics, use of resources, and documentation.

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You will learn how to:

  • Understand your urban environment - residential, retail, business, industrial and/or recreational - and develop preplans accordingly
  • Conduct thorough investigations and interviewing - including training search personnel in door-to-door canvassing
  • develop an accurate profile of the missing person using the newest urban specific data
  • Use the investigation information and scenario analysis to prevent wasted effort on a non-search
  • Take advantage of the media
  • Consider the missing person's use of public transportation
  • Train dogs and ground teams to be effective in the urban environment by identifying problems and safety hazards they may encounter
  • Manage and evaluate documentation and clue management


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  This is a solid gold piece of reference material that should be in every search manager's primary library...a long awaited and much needed publication for the SAR community. --Robert "Skip" Stoffel, Emergency Response International

We highly recommend Urban Search. It combines technical and search management expertise into a readable compendium of valuable information in this little known specialty. Young and Wehbring bring a wealth of experience to the fast growing need for urban search capabilities across the United States. --Lois Clark McCoy, President, National Institute for Urban Search & Rescue

A good tool to add to the search manager's tool box when facing the most difficult SAR there is: the job of searching for someone missing in the urban/suburban environment. This well put-together guide covers the practically endless possibilities in this complex environment --Matt Scharper, California State SAR Coordinator, Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Branch

A comprehensive guide to the problem of urban searching. Everyone, no matter how experienced, will find something of value in it. --Dave Perkins, The Centre for Search Research, UK

My prediction is that this book will become the world's leading text for urban search within a very short time because of its quality and the operational usefulness of its information. --Ross Gordon, Search and Rescue Institute New Zealand, NZ


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