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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
Investigation Policing drugs

Addition of links to Home Office guidance and circular 006/2023 in section on 'Nitrous oxide'.

Investigation Policing drugs

Addition of new content on nitrous oxide.

Information management Data protection

Added a link under 'Information sharing and disclosure of information' to the Information Commissioner's Office data sharing code of practice.

Investigation Investigation process

In the section on Instigation, terminology amended from 'police staff receptionist' to 'front counter staff'.

Major investigation and public protection > Hate crime Responding to hate

Under Legislation header, removed 'three' in first line; bullet 3 changed from CJA to Sentencing Act, add bullet 4

Investigation > Acquisitive crime Residential burglary

'All Home Office police forces will attend every residential burglary' added 'of a home'

Major investigation and public protection > Managing sexual offenders and violent offenders Identifying, assessing and managing risk

Added diagram to section on 'Reactive management'

Investigation > Acquisitive crime Policing business crime

Now sits under new subsection, Investigation > Acquisitive crime.

Investigation > Acquisitive crime Residential burglary

Moved to sit beneath new subsection Investigation > Acquisitive crime.

Detention and custody Deaths in custody

Updated broken links to IOPC statutory guidance on the police complaints system.

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