Please note this form should only be completed by representatives of recognised media organisations.
Before completing this form, you will need to consider how this meets the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) criteria on police forces releasing images to the media during or after court cases.
To help you with this, the ACPO criteria is as follows.
- Police photographs of defendants may be issued if they involve either public interest or a serious arrestable offence. A serious arrestable offence means:
- Certain offences which are always serious, for example, murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping, certain other sexual offences (see ACPO guidelines on dealing with sex offenders) and various Firearms Act offences.
- Any other arrestable offence if its commission has led, or is intended, or likely to lead to certain serious consequences, as defined in Section 116 of the 1984 Act. The serious consequences are:
i) serious harm to the security of the state or public order
ii) serious interference with the administration of justice or the investigation of offences
iii) the death of any person
iv) serious injury to any person (if the charge is less than GBH, we won't consider the application)
v) substantial financial gain to any person (we won't consider cases where the sums involved are less than several thousand pounds)
vi) serious financial loss to any person (As guidance note on point v).
- Significant public interest has also been added as a criteria considered for the release of images.
- Authorisation to release a photograph of a defendant during or after a court case may only be given by a senior officer as judged by the force, an ACPO officer, the Head of CID, or a delegated officer (Head of Corporate Communication, Deputy Head of Corporate Communication (Internal Communication Manager) or Media Services Manager).
- Any photographs issued must be produced without prisoner reference numbers.
- It is our responsibility to ensure you are absolutely clear that any photograph released must only be used at the conclusion of a specified trial. Under no circumstances will we accept responsibility if the photograph appears in the media for any other purpose.