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PACE Code D 2011

Code of practice for the exercise by police of statutory powers to identify persons.

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PACE Code D governs the exercise by police of statutory powers to identify persons.

The 2011 version of the code is valid from 7 March 2011.

As of 31 October 2013, section 64 of PACE, to which Annex F of Code D applies, is repealed and the destruction, retention and use of biometric data are governed by the provisions of PACE as amended by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

You may wish to check:

  • the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Commencement No.7) Order 2013 (SI 2013/1814)
  • the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Commencement No.9) Order 2013 (SI 2013/2104)
  • the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Destruction, Retention and Use of Biometric Data) (Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) Order (SI 2013/1813)
  • the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Destruction, Retention and Use of Biometric Data) (Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) (Amendment) Order (SI 2013/2580)

Annex F will remain in Code D until the next available opportunity for the code to be revised but as a result of these amendments to primary legislation, it will no longer be up to date and should not be used.

For more details about these provisions, check our information on destruction of innocent people’s DNA and fingerprints.

You can also find more information about the DNA database.