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
Major investigation and public protection > Missing persons Specific investigations

Link removed to UKMPB file 'Identification process – good practice: Procedural'.

Major investigation and public protection Forced marriage and honour based abuse

Links and dates to the following documents updated to reflect the 2023 version:
1 - HM Government (2014) The Right to Choose: Multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage
2 - HM Government (2014) Multi-agency practice guidelines: Handling Cases of Forced Marriage  

Stop and search > Legal Legal application

Detail added on the recommendation for rank of supervisor for searches involving exposure of intimate parts of the body and recording of the interaction. 

Major investigation and public protection > Missing persons Strategic responsibilities

References to MPB amended to UKMPU (UK Missing Persons Unit)

Investigation Investigation process

Changes made to 'Jurisdiction and ownership' section are:

  • link to Home Office Counting Rules updated
  • link changed to Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime (
Major investigation and public protection > Investigating child abuse and safeguarding children Child abuse linked reference material

Added links to Voice of the child documents

Investigation Working with victims and witnesses

Voice of the Child documents added to section on National support for law enforcement agencies

Mental health Suicide and bereavement response

Changes made to section Suicide and bereavement response. An additional bullet was added – 'consider whether domestic abuse or coercive and controlling behaviour may have contributed to or caused the death'

Major investigation and public protection > Missing persons Expectations

Sentence added to 'The police role and responsibilities' and 'categories' sections. Paragraph added to 'legal expectations'. Minor changes made to first sentence in 'positive action' section. LSCB changed to MASA. FCO changed to FCDO. Reference removed from 'truanting' section

Major investigation and public protection > Missing persons Missing person investigations

More reference documents added, removed or updated. Bullet point added to police actions in relation to support for families section. MPB references changed to UKMPU and links updated. Sentence added to medium and low risk missing person subsection of timescales for collecting samples. Legal references added to media strategy section. NPCC lead reference added to  family initiated media campaigns section. Sentence added to confidentiality section and interviews section. Paragraph added to prevention interviews section.

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