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Police officers and staff have been issued with new guidelines to create nationally consistent standards on the han...
Police officers and staff have been issued with new guidelines to create nationally consistent standards on the handling and management of information.

The guidance supports the Management of Police Information (MoPI) Code of Practice which came in to effect in November 2005, a key recommendation of Michael Bichard's report on the Soham murders.

The guidance applies to all 43 police forces in England and Wales and covers:

-- The purpose and process for managing police information

-- Collection of police information

-- Recording of police information

-- Evaluation of and actioning of police information

-- Information sharing

-- Review, retention and disposal

Nationally consistent police information management will help to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of the IMPACT Nominal Index (INI) - a powerful computer system which helps forces to share information to track and trace individuals wanted as part of criminal investigations - as well as future IMPACT solutions.

Police minister Hazel Blears said:

'I am delighted that another of Sir Michael Bichard's recommendations is being delivered through the MoPI Code and its comprehensive guidance.

'A consistent set of standards for the way police forces manage information will play a vital role in boosting effective policing at a local, regional and national level. This will increase public protection and help create safer communities.'


1. The Code of Practice and its supporting guidance on MoPI has been developed by the IMPACT Programme, led by the Home Office in association with the National Centre for Policing Excellence (part of Centrex) and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Both the code and guidelines have been produced as a direct response to recommendations 8-11 of the Bichard Inquiry.

2. The IMPACT Programme exists to deliver improvements in the management and sharing of police operational information through business change enabled by technology.

3. For more information about the IMPACT Programme, visit

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