Do you know how to do a foreign convictions check?

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Do you know how to do a foreign convictions check?

Post by falkor » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:09 pm

By leaving the country where they are a known offender, someone can effectively leave their criminal history behind. If they are arrested in the UK they could appear to be a first time offender.

If you were dealing with someone who was a foreign national (including from EU) would you bother to do a foreign convictions check?

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Re: Do you know how to do a foreign convictions check?

Post by falkor » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:59 pm

you don't have to be an arresting officer to do these checks, you could be a PCSO issuing an FPN for disorderly behaviour, you could be a PCSO submitting intel on a new LOCAL in town, you could be a PCSO issuing a warning to local on a motorbike doing a wheelie, even a PCSO telling someone they shouldn't be cycling on the pavement

Without access to their foreign criminal history, anyone who comes into contact with the police cannot be properly risk assessed and so may present a range of risks to the public and to officers

Did you know that foreign convictions request can result in a EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT? (for previous unresolved proceedings in the suspect's home country!)

The Coroners and Justice Act and the Criminal Justice and Licensing Act enable courts to take into consideration recent foreign convictions - there could be serious differences in a sentence handed down in the case of arrests.

Foreign Convctions requests can be made to the ACPO Criminal Records Office (attaching fingerprints if available) - you can also do a foreign convictions check on a UK national who has spent long periods abroad.

Your force will have an International Liaison Officer who will be able to assist you if you find problems making the request. On your foreign convictions results being returned to you the ACPO Criminal Records Office will automatically update PNC with those results. The basic return time to you is set at 10 days but check with your International Liaison Officer in urgent cases.

Recent research has shown that many foreign nationals use false identities when dealing with Police - you should therefore be alert to this and act accordingly. If fingerprints can be taken the ACPO Criminal Records Office is more than happy to receive them with any Foreign Convictions Check.

Foreign Convictions Checks are not restricted to Europe, you could be dealing with someone with an American Accent, the ACPO Criminal Records Office can obtain USA criminal convictions for you if your suspect previously lived in the USA! Your suspect could actually be wanted in the USA or Australia, without a Foreign Convictions Checks you wouldn't know.

Most foreign nationals in Britain have no criminal record so you can't expect every Foreign Convictions Check to return a history of offending.

Even though you may not think making a request is worth it in some situations - just remember that you never know what information you might uncover.

Even if someone has not been arrested e.g. dealt with for a fixed penalty notice you can still make a request for public protection purposes

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Post by averagejoe90 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:49 am

Very good point and well worth doing!
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Re: Do you know how to do a foreign convictions check?

Post by arthurgray50@blu » Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:26 pm

If you are in The Met - you can contact UKBA or Op Nexus.

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Re: Do you know how to do a foreign convictions check?

Post by JimmyRiddle » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:35 pm

Don't be put off by people saying "Oh that's a bobby's job to do" or "You're trying to be a bobby". It sounds like an excellent source of intel.
Power of arrest for PCSOs for 'as and when' - s24a PACE & common law (i.e. BoP) using s3 CLA 1967

I'm a PCSO, I will WATCH you get your head kicked in (as per force policy)

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