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Police: Information and Communications Technology

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent since 1997 on information technology for police forces in Britain; and what UK computer networks exist to ensure that forces are aware of previous criminal activity of people they are investigating. (169843)

It is not possible to provide the total expenditure on police Information Technology systems since 1997 as this information is not held centrally.

Police forces use a variety of national computer systems linked to their own networks, to identify individuals that may have been involved in previous criminal activity and to assist their investigations. These comprise:

The Police National Computer (PNC)

IMPACT Nominal Index (INI)

National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IDENT1)

The Violent and Sex Offender Register (ViSOR)

The National Video Identification Database

In addition, police forces can access the National DNA Database, although this is not a database which holds information on previous criminal convictions.