South East London Search and Rescue (SELSAR) is a voluntary organisation that assists the police and other search and rescue teams in the search for vulnerable missing people. The team was formed in 2012 with experienced searchers from other SAR teams and has continued to train searchers to national levels who assist not only the Metropolitan Police but other search teams as well.
Vulnerable people go missing for all sorts of reasons. They can be confused, elderly people suffering from dementia who wander out of their care home, people with severe mental health issues - particularly those who are at risk of suicide - or they can be young people who are distressed or disturbed and therefore at risk of self-harm or harm from predatory others. It is vital - indeed often life-saving - that they are found quickly before threats to their wellbeing become a reality..
In both rural and urban areas, the kind of support that South East London Search and Rescue can provide is invaluable to the police and rescue services. Our teams of highly trained searchers and specialist dogs and qualified handlers provide a skilled resource which can locate missing persons quickly and effectively. For families, too, our presence is a reassurance that everything possible is being done to help locate their loved one.