Policy paper

Custody images: review of their use and retention

Sets out the findings from our review into the use and retention of custody images.


Review of the use and retention of custody images

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This document sets out the findings of our review into how police forces use, store and delete custody photographs.

Custody images are a standard feature of everyday policing. The review proposes giving individuals the facility (if they have not been convicted) to apply to chief officers of police forces to have their custody image deleted.

Published 24 February 2017