Latest changes to APP

APP is subject to review (either scheduled or triggered) in consultation with the relevant National Policing Business Area. All amendments go through a review process and further information is available from

More detailed changes to APP content may be recorded separately by the the APP team. If you require a copy of APP as it was on a particular date (for example, for an enquiry) please email All requests must be approved by the relevant Policing Standards Manager.

Latest changes to APP

Date Category Guidance Changes
Information management > Management of police information Retention, review and disposal

Updated the link to guidance on the retention, storage and destruction of materials and records related to forensic examination.

Armed policing Deployment of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)

Destruction of animals – wording change from should to must – 'Where time permits, a firearms tactical advisor must be contacted.'

Armed policing Issue and carriage of firearms

Amended content for 'Standing authority for the issue and carriage of firearms' and new section added below - Protection and Vulnerability Mitigation (PVM) arrangements.

Major investigation and public protection > Domestic abuse Call handler and front counter staff response to a domestic abuse incident

New section added – Principles for telephone or video first response to domestic abuse

Major investigation and public protection > Missing persons Missing persons

Missing Persons Bureau updated to UK Missing Persons Unit across all modules

Prosecution and case management Possible justice outcomes following investigation

Removal of quick reference guide to out of court disposal from further information box.

Investigation Investigating fraud

Change MLE to college learn.

Armed policing Conducted energy devices (Taser)

Updated changes to Taser APP document.

Investigation Investigation process

Initial investigation text box wording amended from 'unexplained' to 'unexpected'

Investigation Investigation process

Amend text from ‘unexplained’ to ‘unexpected’ within the initial investigation text box.

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