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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]. All requests must be approved by the relevant Policing Standards Manager.

Latest changes to APP

Date Category Guidance Changes
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'.

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

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