The new Police National Database ((PND) will be launched nationally on 23 June 2011. The information held on the PND is not new information but comes from existing force systems that support force intelligence, crime, domestic abuse, child abuse and custody business areas. The PND now offers forces direct access to that information, and details of intelligence about vehicles, locations and events.
A case study demonstrating the benefits for police users working in child protection is available here.
Only Enhanced Disclosures will contain reference to any ‘relevant and proportional information’ held by local police forces, so employers will need to utilise safer recruitment and other HR policies to ensure that people working on the periphery of Regulated Activity are appropriate to do so.
The PND will replace the IMPACT Nominal Index (INI), an interim solution put in place in 2005, which enabled forces to see if another force holds information or intelligence about a specific individual. This was a direct response to the recommendations in Lord Bichard’s inquiry report following the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham in 2002.
The PND has been developed by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), in partnership with Logica.