Use of the Police National Computer by the Post Office

Published on: 10 May 2016

Publication types: Police national computer


The Police National Computer (PNC) is a database that allows police forces to carry out checks, for example, on a person’s criminal record or vehicle registration. Several non-police organisations also have access to this database.

In 2011, the Government’s Independent Advisor on Criminality Information Management recommended that HMIC carry out inspections into non-police force use of the PNC. A pilot inspection was carried out to inform the inspection of nine other non-police forces who use the PNC.

This report sets out the findings of an inspection into the Post Office Limited’s use of the PNC.

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Use of the Police National Computer by non-police organisations – An inspection of the Post Office Limited (PDF document, 204 kB)

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Non-police organisations’ use of the Police National Computer

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