Along with being entered on the PNC the police will also retain “local records”. These will be retained for certain periods of time depending on the offence. In addition, copies of these records will also be logged onto the Police National Database (PND).
If you were never arrested and your fingerprints and DNA were not taken, then your details will not be on NDNAD, IDENT1 or the PNC.
Nevertheless even if you were questioned by the police without being arrested, or were simply suspected of being involved in an allegation, your records will likely be stored on the PND for at least 6 years as “intelligence”.
Along with the PND, the MET also run the CRIMINT database, which also stores intelligence information. In addition there is the National Domestic Extremism Database which has information on individuals who have been labeled domestic extremists or who have been associated with domestic extremism and protests. The database forms part of the National Special Branch Intelligence System (NSBIS) which is itself is being replaced as part of a national programme known as Apollo, which is implementing the The National Common Intelligence Application (NCIA).
Can I obtain my Police Records?
You are entitled to have access to your records held by the police, you can apply to see what is held by undertaking a subject access request to the police force concerned. You can also undertake a PNC check via ACRO to see what is held on the PNC – an ACRO PNC check will also provide you information on your DNA and fingerprint records.
The information you obtain via a subject access request may be redacted by the police, namely it may be obscured or withheld on the basis that some of the information held also relates to “third parties”, and so can not be disclosed under Data Protection law. You may find that the police will black out or withhold a significant amount of information which you may feel is relevant to you.
Record Deletion Solicitors
If you are concerned about information that is held on police systems, and you do not want to approach the police yourselves, or you have been given redacted information by the police, we will be able to apply to obtain your records in an unredacted format.
I am a qualified solicitor and Director of Legisia Legal Services. I have extensive experience of applying for the removal of police cautions from the PNC, challenging DBS certificates and DBS barring decisions.
I have had many successful cases, and for cases where judicial review proceedings have been issued, I am usually able to recoup my clients’ costs from the police.
I have co-authored a journal paper on the reform of the police cautioning procedure in the Criminal Law Review (the leading criminal law journal : “Suggestions for Reform to the Simple Cautioning procedure”). I also write the UK Westlaw Insight on Police Cautions and published an article in the Criminal Law and Justice Weekly on anonymity in criminal proceedings and its impact on the police caution: Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings
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