Police: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether members of the (a) Royal Military Police and (b) Ministry of Defence police have access to the National Police Computer in respect of (i) military personnel, (ii) family members of military personnel and (iii) civilians.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

Authorised PNC operators of the Royal Military and Ministry of Defence police have access to the Police National Computer for policing purposes.

The Police National Computer does not immediately identify individual nominal records as being military personnel, family members of military personnel or civilians. At face value all of those persons with a record on PNC would be regarded as 'civilians'.

While it is possible for an individual's employment to be recorded as being a member of the 'armed forces', it is only possible to see those details by delving deeper into a specific record, once that record has been selected by name.

It is possible to make a general inquiry of the Police National Computer to identify all of the records where 'armed forces' is shown in the employment field. However, this would return a list of names and very few operators have that level of search capability.

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