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
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.

Live facial recognition Live facial recognition

New live facial recognition APP added. 

Detention and custody Control, restraint and searches

Amendments made to Conduct of searches – When might a strip search become an intimate search? 

Amendments made following a court ruling.

Investigation Forensics

Updated link to ENFSI Crime Scene Best Practice Manual.

Investigation Managing investigations

New section added on Requests for third party access to a scene to attend a victim.

Investigation Working with victims and witnesses

Changed 'Fast track interviews' to 'Initial accounts' and amendments made in text to reflect this change.

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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