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Cause of concern

HMIC found that in many forces there is a material lack of focus, grip and effective activity directed to apprehending wanted suspects. There are too often inconsistencies and weaknesses in how rapidly forces circulate information about wanted suspects on the Police National Computer (PNC), and too often inadequate efforts are made to apprehend these individuals once the information has been circulated.


Immediately, all forces should review their current procedures for apprehending wanted suspects, assess the number of wanted suspects on the PNC and those whose details have yet to be circulated on the PNC, and take prompt and effective action to apprehend those suspects.

[on]3rd March 2017 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]14th May 2018 [status]being-progressed[/status][/on][on]9th July 2018 [comment]

The force reviewed wanted persons held on PNC in March 2017 which resulted in improvements to the process. Wanted suspects are discussed at Daily Management Meetings and this was evident during reality testing in June 2018.

[/comment][/on][on]9th July 2018 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]9th July 2018 [comment]

Authorised for closure on the basis of recent inspection work.