We regularly update the guidelines and information on these pages.
Get guidance on the tools and systems the police use to investigate and fight crime, and the laws that govern their powers.
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Information about PACE 1984 – the core legislation providing police powers – and its codes of practice.
In this section you’ll find out more about what we’re doing to tackle a wide range of crime and disorder issues.
Read on for guidance on the police road safety strategy, and more.
This section contains information on the use of firearms by police officers. You can also view the latest firearms statistics and find information on less lethal options like Taser, DIP and AEP.
Background on the Bichard Inquiry's recommendations and information about safeguarding vulnerable persons.
Science and technology play a vital role in modern policing, read more here.
This section outlines the main stages and procedures in extradition requests.
Information about assisting with international criminal investigations.
Download and read the Prosecution Team Manual of Guidance.
In this section you'll find regular updates on the work of the Forensic Science Regulator, and how forensic science standards are being applied across the criminal justice system.
Find out how this independent review, led by Sir Ian Magee, is examining how criminality information is recorded, used and shared in the interests of public protection.