Leicestershire Police gathers and holds personal information for a policing purpose. The policing purpose includes: -
a) Protecting life and property;
b) Preserving order;
c) Preventing the commission of offences;
d) Bringing offenders to justice;
e) Any duty or responsibility of the police arising from common or statute law.
The policing purpose provides the legal basis for collecting, recording, evaluating, sharing and retaining police information.
Leicestershire Police will hold information relating to a range of individuals including victims, witnesses, complainants, suspects and offenders, in connection with this policing purpose as well as details of others who work for or with the Force.
All personal information is held and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Statutory Code of Practice for the Management of Police Information 2005. Anyone working for the Leicestershire Police may only use information which is necessary to carry out their policing duties.
Information held by the Leicestershire Police may be shared with other organisations where this is necessary for a policing purpose. For example information is shared:-
- With Criminal Justice as part of the pre-charge and post-charge
processes e.g. prosecuting someone through the Court.
- When working with partner agencies to reduce crime and disorder, and anti social behaviour as required by the Crime and Disorder Act.
- With the Disclosure and Barring Service which provides information to organisations in order to enable them to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying potential candidates who may be unsuitable to work with children or other vulnerable members of society.
- With other professional and regulatory bodies.
Information is shared where specifically required under statute or by order of the court. Information is also shared with other organisations which carry out work on behalf of the Chief Constable, for example Victim Support.
Leicestershire Police will also share information with partner agencies when the information is required to enable them to carry out their statutory responsibilities or where it is necessary to prevent harm to an individual or others.
Any disclosure of personal information is carefully considered in accordance with legislation, policy and/or information sharing agreements. You have a right to see information held about you and can request access to your own information as detailed within the Subject Access procedures.