Number: F0200 Date Published: 23 July 2020 Version 4 – July 2020
1.0 Summary of Changes
This policy has been updated on its 2 yearly review. The only amendments made have been a change of owner details and new paragraphs added within section 7 regarding data security and retention and disposal of records.
2.0 What this Policy is About
This policy gives guidance on the procedures by which Essex Police will deal with the visual identification of a known suspect by witnesses in accordance with the legal rules governing the subject
Code D of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Codes of Practice, details the circumstances when an identification procedure is required during the investigation of offences. The Code establishes the protocols to be followed when such procedures are conducted. Code D of PACE is available on the intranet via PNLD.
Compliance with this policy and any linked procedures is mandatory.
3.0 Statement of Policy
Essex Police is committed to ensuring that during the investigation of an offence where the identification of the offender is an issue, that a procedure is in place to allow witnesses the opportunity to identify offenders by the use of a video identification parade system (Promat).
Essex Police will conform with PACE Code D in conducting video identification parades.
The video parade content will be compiled by a trained officer not involved in the investigation.
The compiled video parade will be shown to witnesses by a trained officer not involved in the investigation.
4.0 Implications of the Policy
4.1 Finance / Staffing / Training / Other
There are no financial implications as a result of the implementation of this policy.
Dedicated police staff known as ‘Delegated Identification Officers’ are employed to create and show video identification parades. They are stationed at the Custody Suites throughout the Essex Police area and are managed by the Deputy Custody Commander.
Training of new staff will be completed by experienced operators both in the procedures of conducting parades and in the use of the required equipment.
4.2 Risk Assessment(s)
Some parts of this identification process occur whilst the suspect is in custody albeit that the suspect will be compliant. Officers undertaking this process will ensure that sufficient staff are in attendance to ensure the safety of all concerned.
No risk has been identified in the actual policy.
4.3 Equality Impact Assessment
EIA – pending
This policy has been reviewed by the Custody Commander and the Head of Criminal Justice.
6.0 Monitoring and Review
Compliance with this policy will be monitored and reviewed by the Criminal Justice Command every 2 years.
7.0 Related Force Policies or Related Procedures
There are no related policies/procedures.
7.1 Data Security
Essex Police have measures in place to protect the security of your data in accordance with our Information Management Policy – W 1000 Policy – Information Management.
7.2 Retention & Disposal of Records
Essex Police will hold data in accordance with our Records Review, Retention & Disposal Policy – W 1012 Procedure/SOP - Records Review, Retention and Disposal.
We will only hold data for as long as necessary for the purposes for which we collected. Victims/public should be reminded that Essex Police take the protection of personal data seriously as described in the privacy notice.
8.0 Other Source Documents, e.g. Legislation, Authorised Professional Practice (APP), Partnership Agreements (if applicable)