Latest changes to APP

Overview of the 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
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.

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.

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