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Intelligence Management Research & Analysis APP

This document was retired in July 2021. This was replaced by the wider Intelligence Management APP

Research and analysis are very important tools used in policing for intelligence purposes to understand crime and investigate criminal activity. It is a way of processing and analysing material and information presented to support decision-making. With this comes the intelligence cycle where a sequential process is undertaken to allow the information presented to be developed into intelligence. This involves the roles of the analyst, researcher, data sources, analytical techniques used, reports etc.

This guidance document helps to explain what the intelligence cycle is, the direction, collection and collation of relevant information, evaluation and analysis of the data. It goes into detail explaining the roles highlighted above as well crime theories and approaches, terms of reference, data sources, using statistics, and analytical techniques, output reports, dissemination of output report and on-going reviews.

Published 01/01/2014
Authoring body: College of Policing (CoP)
National Firearms License Management System (NFLMS) Version 0.1

This document was retired in June 2021.

The National Firearms Licensing Management System provides a method for managing the licensing of firearms, shotguns and explosives. It records all individuals, companies and dealers who have applied for, or have been granted, a certificate.

The dataset consists of:

  • Action

  • Addresstype

  • Alarmtype

  • Applicationstatus

  • Approvaltype

  • Calibre

  • Capacitytype

  • Certificatestatus

  • Certificatetype

  • Clubstatus

  • Colour

  • Condition

  • Constructiontype

  • Enquirytype

  • Ethnicity

  • Logeventtype

  • Manufacturer

  • Measurement

  • Nationality

  • Occupation

  • Personmarkertype

  • Sex

  • Weaponcategory

  • Weaponclass

  • Weapondisposalcode

  • Weaponstatus

  • Weapontype

Published 01/01/2019
Authoring body: Reference data service platform
Reference Data / Templates
Corporate Data Model (CorDM) Version 7.3

This document was retired in July 2021.


Aligned to PND Context v3.2.2. CorDM 7.3 uses the same versions of CV lists (where common) as PND Context v3.2.


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Published 01/01/2018
Authoring body: Reference data service platform
Reference Data / Templates
Authentication and Credentials for use with HMG Online Services (Good Practice Guide No. 44) (Issue 2)

This document was retired in July 2021.

This document is good practice guidance to Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) public service providers to describing how types of credentials supports support user authentications to HMG online services.

HMG online public services can be a high target for many sources of threats and as such may pose a significant level of risk. As a result Public service providers must be aware of the credential choices of authentication levels that relate to HMG online services. There are three high-levels of authentication:

  1. Authentication demonstrates that authentication requestor possesses the credential for a legitimate account.

  2. Authentication provides confidence that the credentials is being used/or with explicit consent by a legitimate account holder and might support civil proceedings.

  3. Authentication provides confidence that the credentials is being used/or with explicit consent by a legitimate account holder and might support criminal proceedings.

The level of assurance assigned to an authentication credential has many factors incorporated into and is considered against the threat levels associated with the Government service provider.

Some of the factors considered are the type of credential required, the on-going management of the credential by the identity Provider (IDP), the quality and extent of monitoring and reactions by the IDP, the Information Assurance (IA) maturity of the authentication provider and much more.

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Published 01/01/2014
Authoring body: CESG National Technical Authority for Information Assurance
National security Strategy & Strategic Defence & Security Review 2015

This document was retired in July 2021

National Security and economic security are dependent on each other, and if any wants to thrive, both have to thrive. The security of the nation is dependent upon a strong economy, and a strong economy is dependent upon strong security. Therefore the Defence budget is seen as critical to the government to maintain strong national security.

With the threat to the UK ever increasing, from the rise of ISIS and greater instability in the Middle East, risk of pandemics such as COVID 19, threat of Cyber attacks, the world is more dangerous and uncertain than ever before and as such investing in our security is of upmost importance.

This document sets out our National Security Strategy and how we will implement it within the UK. The UK’s priorities are to deter state-based threats, tackle terrorism, remain a world leader in cyber security and ensure we have the capability to respond rapidly to crises as they emerge. Therefore the vision can be determined as to promote a secure and prosperous United Kingdom, with global reach and influence using strategic enablers such as the Armed Forces, Security & Intelligence Agencies, Diplomatic service overseas and our Allies.


Published 01/01/2015
Authoring body: Cabinet Office
Protective Monitoring for HMG ICT Systems

This document was retired in July 2021

This Guide demonstrates how the provision of an effective framework of Protective Monitoring of HMG ICT systems is an essential contribution to the treatment of information security risks.

Protective Monitoring is a set of business processes and contains essential support technology in monitoring and provide risk treatment to how ICT systems are used and to ensure accountability to the systems. This includes facilities of audit trails, audit logs and raising alerts.

However if these processes are not implemented or monitored it would be easy for the abuse of such ICT systems, the information that it possesses by users who wish to misuse the system and information.

The confidentiality, integrity and availability of public sector ICT systems are of upmost importance. This guide shows us how important implementing an effective protective monitoring process for the treatment of information security risks. Other factors must be considered with this, such as the necessary supporting infrastructure, manpower resource, skilled expertise and IA.

The aim of this guide is to provide advice on good practise to adhering to the protective monitoring obligations, the information that needs to be recorded and audited, events generated and alerted generated in response to potential misuse and abuse of the ICT systems as well as anticipated modes of attack.

Intended readers are for all Information Assurance (IA) practitioners.

Published 01/01/2012
Authoring body: National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
Understanding ISS4PS Volume 1

This document was retired in July 2021

The Information Systems Strategy for the Police Service (ISS4PS) is an overarching strategy for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Information Systems (IS) for the Police service across the whole of England and Wales.

The ISS4PS policies calls on the police service to work together to adopt common standards, products, common administrative and citizen-focused services to help improve police performance and efficiency, and to reduce costs by establishing foundations and defining governance, securing alignment and delivering joined-up services across each force. 

As a result, in the coming years, the ISS4PS will become a major pillar underpinning police efforts to support Transformational Government, the creation of strategic forces, and be a key tool for the National Policing Improvement Agency.

It is important to note that the ISS4PS represents a collective view of key stakeholders ranging from the Home office, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Association of Police Authorities (APA), the various police forces and the Criminal Justice Information Technology (CJIT).

Published 01/01/2006
Authoring body: Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
Implementing ISS4PS Volume 2

This document was retired in July 2021

The Information Systems Strategy for the Police Service (ISS4PS) version 3 is the overarching strategy for  Information Systems (IS)/Information Communication Technology (ICT) in policing. ICT Architecture is the technical foundation of an effective ICT strategy. The ISS4PS focuses on technology, data and application architecture, therefore as a result this document contains technical detail describing the architecture.

The ISS4PS is designed to assist in meeting many of the goals of government imperatives, such as, the National Policing Plan. In order for the Police Service to meet the demands set out, it must view itself as an enterprise operating at a national level. It also follows the e-GIF standards and principles, recognises the diversity of IS/ICT within the Police Service, and is cognisant of Criminal Justice System (CJS) technical architectures.

The key theme that runs throughout the ISS4PS is that the Police Service will develop more commonality and become more joined-up in its approach to IS/ICT services.

Intended readers are for ICT Directors, ICT central coordinators, ICT Solution Architects, service providers and technical staff at the Home Office, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Association of Police Authorities (APA), the Forces, and Criminal Justice Information Technology (CJIT).

Published 01/01/2015
Authoring body: Association of Chief Police officers (ACPO)
HMG IA Standard Number 1 & 2 Information Risk Management (Issue 4)

This document was retired in July 2021

Information Risk Management play a major role in the Police Service and in government agencies. All government departments and agencies must produce an Information Risk Management policy, as it is a fundamental aspect to Information Security Strategy as it has a huge impact on IA policies, standards and procedures. This must include:

  • Information risk appetite

  • Compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements

  • IA governance framework

  • Technical risk assessment against all ICT systems

This document serves as part of the Security Policy Framework (SPF) and supports the SPF mandatory requirements. 

The aim of this standard is to provide twenty Risk Management Requirements (RMRs), which government agencies must use as the basis for Information Risk Management Policy as well as supporting the intended readers list.

Intended readers are senior Information Assurance (IA) related government posts, Senior Information Risk Owners (SIROs), Departmental Security Officers (DSOs), Information Asset Owners (IAOs), Information Risk Managers (IRM), Security & Information Risk Advisors (SIRAs), Information Assurance Analysts.


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Published 01/01/2012
Authoring body: CESG National Technical Authority for Information Assurance
Digital Imaging Procedure (Version 2.1)

This document was retired in July 2021

Digital imaging has become firmly established in the mainstream of public life and as a key enabling technology for the Police Service and Criminal Justice System (CJS) and has enormous benefit for the swift and accurate outcome of investigations.

Digital Imaging is the capture, retrieval, storage or use of evidential digital images. The aim of this document is to detail the processes involved in the proper capture and handling of digital images for police applications and to define best working practice starting from the process of the initial preparation and capture of images, through the transfer and designation of Master and Working Copies, to the presentation in court and finally the retention and disposal of exhibits.

A key part of the digital imaging process is the creation of an identifiable and isolated Master reference as this procedure enhances the integrity of proper evidential gathering processes whilst reducing the risk of malicious manipulation. It is also important to note that broader range of technologies are now available for the capture and storage of digital imagery which will be discussed in the document.

Intended readers of this document are operational, administrative and judicial staff involved throughout all stages of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and anyone handling digital imaging.  

Published 01/01/2007
Authoring body: Home Office