Who are ACRO? 

ACRO is a national police unit supporting law enforcement throughout the UK and internationally.

It hosts the United Kingdom Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records processing the exchange of conviction information with EU countries. While it also utilises INTERPOL channels to exchange conviction information with non-European countries.

ACRO has built up numerous robust partnerships with law-enforcement agencies across the UK, the public and private sectors as well as international partners.

As part of its mission statement, ACRO seeks to provide safer communities in the UK and across the world by providing effective and responsible criminal records management and information services.


Information provided to ACRO by users through the use of this website will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to third parties unless we are required to do so by law.

We gather information about site usage to help the development and improvement of services to the public, and to protect the integrity of our systems from malicious users. At the moment this information consists of:

  • Statistical information obtained using Google Analytics. No information collected can be used to identify individual users. For more details about how this affects your privacy please visit the Google Analytics Privacy Centre. If you don’t want to send information to Google Analytics, an Opt-out Browser Add-on is also available or you can configure your browser to let you to choose which, if any, cookies are allowed to be created.
  • Information obtained by our content management system to examine what people are searching for, what they find and occasions where no results are returned. Information collected can’t be used to identify individual users.
  • Information provided by users through online forms; it's held in our UK-based secure data centres and is retained in line with the Data Protection Act 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, and our retention policies.


Find out more about how ACRO use cookies on this site and our policy here 

Privacy Notice 

ACRO is hosted by Hampshire Constabulary, meaning that ACRO is covered by their privacy notice as the host force.

The use and disclosure of personal data is governed in the United Kingdom by the Data Protection Act 2018 (‘the Act’) under which Hampshire Constabulary is registered as a ‘data controller’.

As such, Hampshire Constabulary is obliged to ensure that it handles all personal data in accordance with the Act. 

Hampshire Constabulary’s privacy notice provides information about how they obtain, hold, use and disclose information about people (their personal data), the steps they take to ensure that it is protected, and the rights individuals have in regard to their personal data handled by Hampshire Constabulary.

This privacy and cookie usage statement applies to acro.police.uk. If you would like further information about website privacy and how we use cookies, please contact us.


ACRO Data Protection Officer

You can email our data protection officer or write to:

ACRO Data Protection Officer
PO BOX 481
PO14 9FS