2020 Georgia Code
Title 35 - Law Enforcement Officers and Agencies
Chapter 1 - General Provisions
§ 35-1-18. Prohibition on Minimum Waiting Periods for Initiating Missing Person Report

Universal Citation: GA Code § 35-1-18 (2020)

No law enforcement agency shall implement a policy or practice which mandates a minimum waiting period before initiating a missing person report with such agency; provided, however, that it shall remain within the discretion of the law enforcement agency to determine what action, if any, is required in response to such a report.

(Code 1981, §35-1-18, enacted by Ga. L. 2014, p. 704, § 2/SB 23.)

Cross references.

- Kidnapping, § 16-5-40.

Immediate investigation for missing person with Alzheimer's disease, § 35-1-8.

Code Commission notes.

- Pursuant to Code Section 28-9-5, in 2014, Code Section 35-1-18, as enacted by Ga. L. 2014, p. 742, § 1/HB 845, was redesignated as Code Section 35-1-19.

Editor's notes.

- Ga. L. 2014, p. 704, § 1/SB 23, not codified by the General Assembly, provides that: "This Act shall be known and may be cited as the 'Stacey Nicole English Act.' "

Ga. L. 2014, p. 704, § 5/SB 23, approved by the Governor on April 24, 2014, provided that the effective date of this Code section is July 1, 2013. See Op. Att'y Gen. No. 76-76 for construction of effective date provisions that precede the date of approval by the Governor.

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