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Northumbria Police processes and holds personal data. Read on to find out how we protect that data and your right to access data we hold on you.

Subject access requests

People have the right to access to personal data held about them. If you would like to know what information Northumbria Police holds about you, you should make an application through the ‘Subject Access’ procedure (Data Protection 2018).

It is not a requirement to complete this form; however it may make it easier to locate the information you need.  The form can be downloaded from the resources section of this page.

Subject Access Requests can be sent by post to:

Disclosure Section,

Northumbria Police,

Bedlington Police Station,

Schalksmuhle Road,



NE22 7LA

or via email to 


Please note you cannot attend this address in person

You must also include:

  • A copy of an identification document, e.g. birth certificate, current passport
  • A copy of proof of address, e.g. a utility bill (within last 6 months), medical card or British driving licence

Please do not send original documents, copies will not be returned.

No fee is applicable for this service, however a reasonable fee can be charged when a request is classes as unfounded, excessive or repetitive. It may take up to one month from the day your completed requested and copies of ID are received for us to respond.


Police National Computer

Should you wish to know what information is held about you on the Police National Computer you will need to apply to the ACRO Criminal Records Office. This link contains all instructions on how to apply. ACRO can be contacted on 02380479920 or email This service is not carried out by Northumbria Police.


Police Certificates

Anyone needing a Police Certificate to apply for emigration visas, work permits or residency in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States should download the application from for an ACPO Police Certificate from the ACRO website.

Please note: This certificate is processed entirely by the ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) and all submissions and enquiries should be made to ACRO through the following routes:

PO Box 481
PO14 9FS

Please do not return the ACRO Police Certificate application form to Northumbria Police.


Criminal Record Checks for Employment

If you require a disclosure for employment purposes, and you live in England, Scotland or Wales, please contact your local office: 


Early deletion of biometric information from National Police systems

In certain circumstances you may apply to have your fingerprints and DNA profiles deleted from national police systems, namely the National Fingerprint Database (IDENT1) and the National DNA Database (NDNAD).

Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (which amended the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, known as PACE) police in England and Wales are able to indefinitely retain your biometric information – including your DNA profile and fingerprints - if you have been convicted of an offence.

Under the Act, your biometric information will be immediately deleted if you were not convicted of a recordable offence, provided that specific criteria are satisfied.

Further information concerning the ‘Early Deletion Process’ can be accessed on the ACPO Criminal Records Office website.


What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation is a European-wide law that replaces the Data Protection Act in 1998 in the UK. It places greater obligations on how organisations handle personal data. It came into effect on 25 May 2018.

What is personal data?

Data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. This also includes named contacts in business as well as consumers at home addresses.

What is sensitive personal data?

Sensitive data covers the racial or ethnic origin of the data subject, political opinions, religious or other beliefs, memberships of trade unions, physical or mental health, sexual life and criminal record.

What is Subject Access?

The right of an individual to be given access to information concerning them which is held by a Data Controller. The response must be made within one calendar month of receipt of the request.

Apply for information held about you

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