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
Stop and search > Legal Legal application

Additional of Children heading and the Children Act 2004 

Stop and search > Legal Legal application

Addition of 'Children' heading and reference to the Children Act 2004.

Policing elections Investigating electoral malpractice

Text added to section on Complexity of the allegation. Minor text edits also made to section on Imprints. 

Detention and custody > Detainee care Detainee care

Information added in Clothing section about anti-rip clothing.

Policing elections Key roles and planning

Operation Bridger single point of contact (SPOC) section added (after ‘Senior investigating officer’ and before ‘Electoral registration officer).

Investigation Investigation introduction

Updated link to Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP) policy (2023 version). 

Major investigation and public protection Rape and sexual offences

Links updated to latest versions of the following PDFs.

  • Briefing note – For police first responders to a report of rape or sexual assault
  • Annex A – Gathering evidence for rape and sexual offence investigations
Roads policing Police pursuits

NPCC Tactical Pursuit and Containment Tactics Directory updated on College Learn – link updated to reflect this

Armed policing Deployment of authorised firearms officers (AFOs)

Changes made to section 'Authority to deploy AFOs'.

Change made to third sentence of the third paragraph – 'Where practicable, any subsequently authorised armed deployment should be subject to appropriate tactical advice.'

'Should' changed to 'must'.

Major investigation and public protection Forced marriage and honour based abuse

Updated link to 'Honour-based abuse advice for first responders' PDF to the updated March 2023 version.

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