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Police National Computer


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A national information system, available to the police, criminal justice agencies, and a variety of other non‐policing organizations. It holds comprehensive details of people, vehicles, crimes, and property on its database. Its functions include: QUEST (Querying Using Enhanced Search Techniques)—this enables the search of the names database to identify suspects by searching for physical description and personal features; VODS (Vehicle Online Descriptive Search)—this allows users to search the vehicles database by search criteria such as registration, postcode, and colour details to narrow the list to potential suspect vehicles; ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition)—this is used to scan the number plates of motor vehicles and check them against entries on the PNC, alerting police to any that are of interest; Property—an index of items which are lost and found such as firearms, trailers, marine equipment, plants, and animals; CRIMELINK—an enhanced, web‐based version of the Comparative Case Analysis Tool, which can be used to help solve serious serial‐type crimes by searching for similarities in incidents, helping investigators to identify patterns and links.

Subjects: Law.


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