The standard information gathered for an arrest summons and stored on the police national computer (PNC) is:
Details of the offence
If the disposal is undertaken in a police station custody suite then a DNA sample and fingerprints can be taken. While the PNC will state whether or not there is a record of DNA and fingerprints for the offender, the data are stored on the National DNA Database and IDENT1 (the National Fingerprint Database) respectively. If the penalty notice for disorder is issued in the street then fingerprints and DNA cannot be taken. In both cases an adjudication of ‘non-conviction’ goes on the record and a disposal of a fine can be recorded.