Police: Databases

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Spokesperson in the Lords, Home Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the past year, how many sets of fingerprints and biological samples have been taken without consent by each police force in England and Wales.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

Data on the number of sets of fingerprints taken without consent are not held centrally by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and cannot therefore be provided.

Available information relating to DNA samples indicates that approximately 690,000 DNA samples were taken without consent by police forces in England and Wales in 2006-07. The numbers of profiles derived from these samples which were actually loaded to the DNA database, broken down by force, are shown in the attached table. (Three forces did not return data and figures for these have been estimated). The numbers of samples taken and profiles loaded are higher than the number of persons involved, as some persons are sampled more than once.

Police Force No. of subject sample profiles loaded to the NDNAD in 2007
Avon and Somerset 13,800
Bedfordshire 5,682
British Transport 7,759
Cambridgeshire 7,343
Cheshire 9,230
City of London Police 2,192
Cleveland 6,460
Cumbria 5,060
Derbyshire 11,361
Devon and Cornwall 13,322
Dorset 5,976
Durham 5,938
Dyfed-Powys 4,824
Essex 16,890
Gloucestershire 4,675
Greater Manchester Police 26,477
Gwent 5,448
Hampshire 19,473
Hertfordshire 9,197
Humberside 7,166
Kent 16,118
Lancashire 14,415
Leicestershire 7,210
Lincolnshire 6,926
Merseyside 17,186
Metropolitan Police 88,935
Norfolk 6,626
North Wales 6,428
North Yorkshire 7,305
Northamptonshire 4,949
Northumbria 19,212
Nottinghamshire 9,839
South Wales Constabulary 10,575
South Yorkshire 13,868
Staffordshire 11,284
Suffolk 5,637
Surrey 7,791
Sussex 15,595
Thames Valley 21,461
Warwickshire Police 5,050
West Mercia 9,106
West Midlands 36,206
West Yorkshire 25,569
Wiltshire 4,868
Total 560,432

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