Contact Us

For media enquiries call
020 3276 3803
or 07803 903686 for urgent out of hours enquiries.

You can also email the press office.

Follow us on @policechiefs

We've taken action to prevent mistakes in retaining suspects' biometrics records

27 May 2016

The biometrics of a small number of individuals who potentially pose a threat to national security have been deleted from biometric databases as the retention period expired before a National Security Determination (NSD) could be submitted for approval.

Deputy Senior National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Barr said:

“This was a result of a number of different factors across our processes. We have worked with the Biometrics Commissioner to develop a comprehensive plan to rectify the immediate issues and to ensure this will not happen again.  The identity of these individuals is known and the risks they potentially pose are being managed in conjunction with partner agencies to minimise any long term risk to the public.”