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police national database launched

24 June 2011

The National Policing Improvement Agency has launched a national database which will allow law enforcement agencies to share locally held information nationally.

It was recommended by Lord Bichard as part of his 2004 enquiry into the Soham murders by Ian Huntley and its creation represents a further step forward for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

In his report, Bichard highlighted the need for centralised, accessible data – eight separate forces held key information about Huntley but it was not pieced together.

The database does not hold new information – all it does is ensure all law enforcement agencies have access to it, not just those local to where the information originated. All forces will now be on an equal footing and agencies including the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre and the Serious Organised Crime Agency can access this ‘soft information’.

The Independent Safeguarding Authority helps prevent unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults, the new database will add an extra layer of protection to this system.

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