The UKCA-ECR’s main responsibility is exchanging criminal record information with countries in the European Union (EU). This work is carried out on behalf of UK Government in support of law enforcement and authorised agencies throughout the country. It involves two main processes – Conviction Notifications and Requests:
The work carried out by the UKCA-ECR is both required and permitted under EU legislation and is designed to give EU countries a full record of the offending history of their citizens and of those foreigners committing crime in their country. This can stop people from escaping their criminal past simply by moving to another EU country.
By sharing more information about a person’s criminal past, law enforcement officers can better manage and monitor any serious criminals they may have in their neighbourhood, thereby increasing the safety of the public.
Since spring 2012 the UKCA-ECR have been conducting this exchange through secure electronic channels allowing for a quicker, safer and more cost effective exchange process.
To read the EU legislation that supports this work, follow the links below:
For a list of EU Member states, click the map above.
Law enforcement officers can access further practitioner information by joining the ICCE community on POLKA. Click the logo above to log in or register.