One million criminal records exchanged in a decade of keeping communities safe in the UK and across the world 



ACRO has exchanged more than 1 million criminal records across the world in the decade since it was founded. The figure is published in the Annual Report 2016-17, which details ACRO’s work during the year to keep communities safe.   


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Annual Report 2016-2017 highlights


Since 2006, ACRO has grown from a small operating unit to a sizeable national police organisation that provides a diverse range of criminal records information services to the police, other agencies and the public. 


Each year, ACRO carries out tens of thousands of transactions on the Police National Computer (PNC), including adding the details of offence information we obtain. This makes it much easier for police in the UK to access full criminal histories when making decisions about managing offenders, reducing risk and protecting communities.  


This year we added more than 52,000 offences including:  


  • 30,297 historical offences (including 428 serious offences) from work converting records that pre-date the PNC  
  • 15,717 serious offences from responses to requests for overseas conviction information  
  • 3,427 offences from our work supporting the prosecution work of non-police prosecuting agencies  
  • 1,856 sexual and violent offences from notification messages received about UK nationals convicted overseas  
  • 917 offences from work converting records held by police in four British Overseas Caribbean Territories


ACRO Chief Executive Ian Readhead said: “This year has been one of great change for ACRO. Throughout, we have retained our core commitment to deliver services that keep communities safe both here in the UK and across the world. It’s a commitment that goes right back to ACRO’s early days and one that has remained with us as we’ve grown over the last decade. Now more than ever, our ability to readily adapt to changing circumstances is crucial to our operational success, particularly as the UK enters into Brexit negotiations. While the challenges of exiting the EU are still to be predicted, ACRO’s work continues as usual.” 


In her foreword, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Sara Thornton said: “For over a decade ACRO has played a pivotal role in keeping our communities safe. At a time when the demands on policing are increasing and the very nature of crime is becoming increasingly complex, it is more important than ever for us to have access to the high quality information that ACRO provides.”



10th August 2017