The Data Protection Act 1998 controls how your personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.
Data Protection Principles
Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called Data Protection Principles. We must make sure the information is:
- Processed fairly and lawfully
- Processed for limited purposes
- Adequate, relevant and not excessive
- Accurate and up-to-date
- Not kept longer than necessary
- Processed in accordance with the data subject's rights
- Not transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) without adequate protection.
People who want to emigrate to, or obtain a visa for, a number of countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States of America, require a Police Certificate. The certificate details whether or not the applicant has a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective high commission or embassy.
Certificates can only be processed by the ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) and applications should not be returned to Cheshire Constabulary.
Apply for Police Certificates
You can apply for Police Certificate online or by post.
It is evident that there are significant attempts to obtain money fraudulently from the insurance industry and this is a criminal matter. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) work together to address this problem. A 'memorandum of understanding' is in place to facilitate the exchange of information between ACPO and the ABI, which adheres to strict guidelines to ensure data protection compliance.
Insurers may request information from the police about a reported crime/loss of property, where the insurer has a specific reason to check a related insurance claim. The insured person must, in most cases, give their consent to the release of the information, and can also have a copy of the information which is supplied to their insurance company.
Making a request
Please forward all requests via the NPCC/ABI-MOU to:
You can apply for the deletion of records from the Police National Computer (PNC), National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) and the National DNA Database (NDNAD) under the ‘Record Deletion Process’ as defined in guidance issued by the National Police Chief's Council in the document 'Deletion of Records from National Police Systems'
For further information, please visit ACRO.