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I am about to accept a simple caution assault. However the

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I am about to accept a simple caution for an assault. However the police want to take my fingerprints and that neccessary. Why do that?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.


I am afraid they are allowed to do that now and have been for many years.

The purpose is for crime detection.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

It used to be that they were only allowed to do so if a person were actually convicted at court. Then that was changed to allow them to take them from any person subject to a caution.

Now they take prints, DNA and photographs from any person who passes through the door of a police station under arrest.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Under S61 PACE they only need to show that a person is detained for a recordable offence.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

The purpose of it is to make a speculative search upon other outstanding crimes.

Since this is a common assault and if you are an adult the prints and DNA will be retained indefinitely I'm afraid.

Can I clarify anything for you?