Products & Services

PNLD strives to provide the information you need, when you need it. We have developed a suite of innovative products and services in response to customer demand.

Police National Legal Database (PNLD) is an online resource of criminal justice legislation and is available on subscription - www.pnld.co.uk

Current legislation - Acts of Parliament, Common Law, Regulations, Orders and Byelaws, summaries of relevant cases and national standard offence wordings and codes used throughout the court system of England and Wales

All legislation is annotated with clear explanations and guidance written in plain English by our dedicated team of Legal Advisers

Police Officers and Staff will be able to access the legal database free from any personal web enabled device as part of their force subscription, at no additional cost to the individual

PLUS a comprehensive legal question and answering service

Please see our Benefits page for more information.

Unique solutions for legal support and reference

A free-to-access online information resource of Q&As that respond to the general public’s most frequently asked policing questions. 

Offers an alternative contact method, reducing calls to the police, freeing up resources, and saving money - www.askthe.police.uk

Over 900 questions and answers, guidance and advice on crime or legal related issues with national links to relevant organisations.

Can’t find what you are looking for, then ask Charlie our chatbot, who is more than happy to point you in the right direction.

PLUS the facility to email a question directly

Police Officers and Staff will be able to access the legal database free from any personal web-enabled device as part of their force subscription, at no additional cost to the individual

Additional option for a police force or local authority to add localised information, additional questions, or embed the website content

Empowering the public - Serving the community

Legal Articles

Legal Articles

Each month, a member of our highly-qualified PNLD legal team publish a new legal article, to guide and update you on complex legal topics that are currently in the spotlight.

View all of our currently published Legal Articles here.

Definitions & Points to Prove Booklet Definitions and Points to Prove Booklet

This pocket reference guide has been written by PNLD and kindly printed by Police Mutual. It outlines the offences and powers that are available to an officer in the course of their duty.

It includes areas of the law that reflect current trends in criminal behaviour. We have selected the standard offences most frequently used by the 43 Home Office police forces’ from over 14,000 Standard Offence Wordings written and available on this website.

For years, this helpful booklet has been in huge demand by police officers and staff alike. It provides key information pertinent to operational roles, highlighting definitions, points to prove and policing powers covering a wide range of legal topics.

Each offence included in this booklet provides information on the points to prove for that offence, the mode of trial and police actions, with a simple key to abbreviations. Helpful notes have been included to aid understanding; together with references to other offences of note.

A must for all serving operational officers, staff and volunteers.

Jun-24 - Please note, we are working on the 2024 edition so have suspended requests for the booklet. Please keep an eye on this page for updates and once it is ready for publication, you will be able to request a copy from this very spot! 

In the meantime, you may be able to get a copy of the booklet from your local Police Mutual Representative.

Legal Publications

Not all PNLD's products are online, our team of Legal Advisers write and edit a suite of Blackstone's Handbooks published by Oxford University Press.

PNLD HandbooksPolice Operational Handbook: 2024 Law

Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2023 is designed specifically to meet the reference needs of officers whilst out on patrol. Written in a concise and accessible style, it covers a wide range of common offences and clearly explains and interprets the relevant legislation.

Using clear and consistent presentation throughout, each chapter offers you a definition of the offence, the points to prove, and a clear key of icons depicting police powers and mode of trial. At a glance, you can access everything you need to make a quick, informed decision in a host of everyday policing situations.

Whatever your role - police patrol officer, supervisor, student police officer, PCSO or Special Constable - this is an invaluable tool for operational personnel.

New to this Edition

* Fully updated with new law and legislation, including ss 1 to 5 of the Public Order Act 2023 and new offences of locking-on, being equipped to lock-on, and tunnelling.
* Adds 25 recent cases throughout the Handbook providing informative Court judgements on the practical application and interpretation of the law.

Blackstone's Counter-Terrorism Handbook

Accessible and portable, this Handbook provides all counter-terrorism practitioners with an authoritative, operational guide to anti-terrorism legislation. It also contains important contextual chapters on the counter-terrorism operational framework, the national structures and strategies, and the role and functions of key agencies.

For more information or to purchase and benefit from 20% discount, please click the image or contact Oxford University Press and quote ALFLY5F at checkout.