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In addition to the Legal Database, which is available on subscription, PNLD also provide a public facing website, Ask the Police This website has been created to answer the general public's most frequently asked police based questions. As increasing numbers of people are able to find the information they need online, so the number of non-emergency calls to the police is reduced, freeing up resources and saving money.

PNLD have also collaborated with the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mr Mark Burns-Williamson and Victim Support for West Yorkshire, to create a "Help for Victims" website that is designed to provide information services for victims and witnesses. The site contains 250 questions and answers derived from the Victims' Code and Witness Charter and access to over 400 supporting organisations (currently only within the West Yorkshire area) that are there to provide further support and advice where needed. The website can be translated into the most commonly spoken languages and the concept is now being offered on a nation level. We have created a short user guide on how to get the most from the website.

All PNLD's websites can be viewed on any web-enabled device and free apps are available for 'Ask the Police Android ' 'Ask the Police iOS ' and an app is currently being developed for 'Help for Victims'.

Legal Publications

However, not all PNLD's products rely on computer technology. Our team of Legal Advisers write and edit a suite of Blackstone's Handbooks published by Oxford University Press.

Our titles include the highly regarded Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook: Law which is drawn from PNLD's legal database.Despite its compact size, the Handbook contains a wealth of information specially selected to meet the needs of the operational police officer, police community support officer, special constable or other practitioner who has to interpret and apply the criminal law within the community.

Further titles have since been added; to include Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook: Practice and Procedure, Blackstone's Counter-Terrorism Handbook, Blackstone's Handbook of Ports and Border Security and Blackstone's Preventing Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Pending publication - Handbook of Cyber Crime Investigation.

PNLD also provides the legal content for our 'Definitions and Points to Prove' booklet create in partnership with Police Mutual, which continues to be extremely popular across the Police Service.

PNLD Police and Law Insight is our new online magazine which can currently be accessed via the home page of our website. This new edition to PNLD's suites of products and services pulls together a comprehensive array of articles and advice on current and topical issues.

Criminal Law Conference

PNLD host an Annual National Conference. This event is unique, the only one tailored specifically for the practical needs of the police and investigative practitioners. Details of the next Conference will be published on our home page.


We offer advertising space on our websites. Companies and organisations wishing to promote their products and services, either to a specialist policing audience or to the huge number of people both within the UK and abroad who visit the Ask the Police website, can contact us by email for more information.

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