Use of the Police National Computer by the Royal Mail

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.

This report sets out the findings of the pilot inspection into the Royal Mail Group Security’s use of the PNC, which was used to inform the inspections of other non-police force organisations.

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Use of the Police National Computer by non-police organisations – A pilot inspection of the Royal Mail Group Security (PDF document, 117 kB)

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Non-police organisations’ use of the Police National Computer

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