Latest changes to APP

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Latest changes to APP

Date Category Guidance Changes
Detention and custody > Detainee care Children and young persons

Edited the section on Local safeguarding children boards. Changed the section title to local safeguarding children partnerships - with new links. 

Detention and custody Moving and transporting detainees

Added an extra paragraph to the Prisoner escort and custody service section to reflect amendments changes due to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

Detention and custody Response, arrest and detention

New paragraph added to the section on Persons attending a police station voluntarily who are not arrested to reflect the changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

Roads policing Investigation of fatal and serious injury road collisions

Updated link to new National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) National Roads Policing Strategy (2022-2025).

Covert policing Assisting offender debriefing

Updated to reflect legislation changes (Sentencing Act 2020)

Civil emergencies > Disaster victim identification Inquests and inquiries

Removed the link to Jones, J. KBE (2017) from Judicial inquiries and moved it to the Overview page for disaster victim identification .


Investigation Acid and corrosive substances

Added link to the Home Office (2022) statutory guidance: Offensive Weapons Act 2019, part 1.

Major investigation and public protection Knife crime

Added link to Home Office (2022) Statutory guidance: Offensive Weapons Act 2019, parts 3, 4 and 5.

Major investigation and public protection > Modern slavery Partner agencies

Updated UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) email address.

Investigation Forensics

Added a link to the NPCC Retention, Storage and Destruction of Materials and Records relating to Forensic Examination Guidance V1 under 'Other sources of information and guidance'.
Updated the broken link to the Forensic Capability Network under 'The principle of exchange'.

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