EU databases have become so integral to British policing that most officers are using them on a daily basis without even realising.
When police search for a suspect’s history on the Police National Computer, their equipment automatically scans the EU-wide Schengen Information System (SIS II) database at the same time – currently amounting to 539 million searches a year.
But if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, that system and several others will instantly be switched off.
In the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the Government is planning for the United Kingdom to revert to non-EU cooperation mechanisms like Interpol, Council of Europe conventions and other bilateral agreements to maintain operational capabilities.
In this evidence session, the Sub-Committee of UK’s parliament looks at what practical steps the police and security services are taking to prepare for the possibility of leaving the European Union without a deal.
– Mr Richard Martin, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police,
– Mr Stephen Rodhouse, Director General (Operations), National Crime Agency
– Rebecca Ellis, Director Europe, Home Office
– Penny Freston, Senior Director of EU Exit, Border Force
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