Code of Practice for Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS)

We are seeking your views in a public consultation on the Code of Practice for the new Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS), which is currently under development by the Home Office.

LEDS is being built by the National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP) within the Home Office. Its purpose is to ensure that police and other agencies have access to the right information at the right time to better protect the public and to safeguard children and vulnerable people. The National Law Enforcement Data Programme will roll out LEDS incrementally from the end of 2020.

Code of Practice

The College of Policing has developed the Code of Practice for LEDS and accompanying Guidance Document in partnership with the Home Office. The documents set out performance expectations and behaviours for police forces and other law enforcement agencies that use LEDS as a data-sharing platform. We will issue the Code under Section 39A of the Police Act 1996.

The Code will provide clarity and consistency around how to process and use LEDS data. It aims to increase transparency, will follow ethical principles and will comply with existing privacy laws and regulations.

Once established, the Code will replace the current codes of practice for the PNC and PND.

The Code, applied together with the Guidance Document, will:

  • provide the framework and operational context to mandate how the database is used
  • provide clarity and consistency for behaviours and the use of LEDS
  • help users to understand their own role and responsibilities and those of their organisation in relation to LEDS
  • provide Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) with a robust document with which to inspect organisations
  • be usable for all relevant audience sections, including the public, to hold LEDS users to account for proper use of the system

The Code is aligned with:

  • the Code of Ethics for Policing and the Nolan Principles of Public Life
  • all relevant legislation, such as the Data Protection Act 2018, Human Rights Act 1998, Police Act 1996, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive

Any organisation using LEDS will be obliged to have regard for the Code, either as a statutory duty for police forces in England and Wales, or through binding arrangements for other user organisations.

Consultation on the Code of Practice for LEDS

We are seeking your views in a public consultation on the Code of Practice from 10 June – 9 September 2020.

To take part, download and complete the consultation questions about the Code of Practice and Guidance Document. Other supporting documents are available on the right hand side of the page.

Please answer all questions and email with the completed document.
Please note: The consultation documents are also available in Welsh.

LEDS user organisations will be required to take the necessary measures to align to the Code, considering what is needed for:

  • roles
  • capabilities
  • reports
  • documents
  • oversight
  • local governance

Each LEDS user organisation must carry out the initial assessment of the extent to which the Code might impact them. If, on the basis of its assessment, a body decides the impact of meeting the Code would be disproportionate, it should explain this in its response to this consultation. It should include an explanation of what parts of the Code would be difficult to comply with, as well as any alternatives.

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