There may be a time when you need to get a copy of your police records. This page explains how to ask the police for a copy of the information they hold about you.
POLICE RECORDS: The rules of British citizenship grant certain automatic rights to individuals.
One of those is the right to ask for a copy of the records that the police forces have and share about you.
Asking for a copy of police records has the formal name of a 'subject access request'. It is part of the data protection rules in the United Kingdom.
There are several reasons why you might need a subject access request. But, moving to another country would be one of the most common.
You need to contact ACRO to make a subject access request. ACRO stands for the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office. The cost to get a copy of your police records is £10.
A subject access request will contain records from:
Note: The process for requesting police records has a different procedure in Scotland.
You can also ask for a police certificate from ACRO if you need it for a visa application. As a rule you need a police certificate for visas to:
The cost to get a police certificate is:
There may also be a reason to request your personal records from other organisations such as:
How to get a Police Report in the United Kingdom