Products & Services

PNLD strives to provide the information you need. 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 -

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 and PNLD case study for more information.

Unique solutions for legal support and reference



free to access online information resource of Q&A’s 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 - 

Over 800 questions and answers, guidance and advice on crime or legal related issues with national links to relevant organisations

PLUS the facility to email a question directly

Available to download as an app on iOS and Android

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

Purchase the concept, Police Scotland has done just that - A corresponding app is also available on iOS and Android

Please see our Ask the Police case study for more information.

Empowering the public - Serving the community 

Motoring & The Law


Need to know more about road traffic legislation?
Motoring & The Law app is the latest product in PNLD’s suite of legal resources. Simple to complex traffic Q&A’s are supported by a wealth of up to date legal knowledge that provides instant comprehensive answers!

This concept, created by PNLD with the support of the Cabinet Office “Good Law” team and partially funded by the Home Office

Created in an effort to make law more accessible and simpler to understand

Combines the best of both of our existing services and

It provides the answers to over 200 road traffic related questions enhanced by appropriate legal content and knowledge acquired by PNLD over the last 20 years

Answers supported by cases, legislation and details of penalties and points to prove where offences are involved

Facility to email our Legal Team for more information if required

In simple terms this app answers everyday questions from basic motoring issues to those of a more complex nature

This app will be made available to police forces as part of their
subscription to PNLD’s legal database

The app can also be purchased by individuals for use on
iOS and Android based smart devices for £2.29


Customer Survey Results

undefinedAs part of our ongoing marketing strategy and in order to obtain relevant, specific and measurable customer feedback PNLD developed an online survey designed to measure customer satisfaction against PNLD performance.

During a 3 month period (Feb 6th – May 6th 2015) 261 respondents completed the online survey, there were responses from a wide variety of customers from Business Support Officers, Custody Officers, Detective Chief Inspectors, Force Crime Registrars, Police Trainers to Case Decision Makers.


99% found PNLD legal content to be accurate and reliable

99% would recommend PNLD’s legal resource to a colleague

35% of respondents gave specific examples of when PNLD had proved invaluable to them!

85% respondents rated our customer service to be good to excellent

Improvements to the search facility was an area that customers identified. This is under review and will be addressed in 2016/17.

In what circumstances are you most likely to use PNLD’s legal database?


On average, how often do you use PNLD’s legal database?


Survey Comments

Excellent Service, invaluable to my work

Easy to log on - easy to use - confident that information on PNLD is up-to-date and accurate

Essential reference tool to operational officers

As a qualified lawyer, ex policeman and a current investigator PNLD is undoubtedly the best research tool and legal resource available

It is excellent, a great reference tool. PNLD is the first place I look

It is an invaluable tool that I utilise daily and I am discovering new areas every time I access it that are helpful and informative.

Overall the response to PNLD’s customer satisfaction survey has been extremely positive. The overwhelming high percentage of positive feedback throughout the survey has indicated a good level of customer satisfaction in PNLD, its products and levels of service.

The survey has provided an insight into the perceived customer value of PNLD’s legal database and highlighted the necessities of maintaining an accurate, up to date database.

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Legal Publications

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.

undefinedOur 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

Police Operational Handbook: 2019 Law

Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook: Practice and Procedure

Blackstone's Counter-Terrorism Handbook (due late 2019)

Blackstone's Handbook of Ports and Border Security 

Blackstone’s Handbook of Cyber Crime Investigation

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.

PNLD offer savings for those wishing to subscribe to the legal database and purchase a handbook simultaneously. For more information please visit our subscription page

undefinedDefinitions and Points to Prove booklet

Created in partnership with Police Mutual, PNLD provides the legal content for our joint Definitions and Points to Prove booklet which highlights the 50 most commonly charged offences. A must for all serving operational officers, staff and volunteers, copies can be obtained from your local Police Mutual Representative or by contacting us.

undefinedPNLD Police & Law Insight - (Archived)

PNLD Police & Law Insight was an online magazine that pulled together a comprehensive array of articles and advice on current legislation and topical issues.  

PNLD has been at the forefront of providing legal guidance to the law enforcement community for over 20 years. Policing is an ever-changing environment and our online magazine, contained relevant and up-to-date police and legal information which complemented the content of our legal database.

Designed to be informative, impartial and independent, Police and Law Insight was published online from October 2014 - October 2017.

An archive of previous editions can be accessed via this link.

Criminal Law Conference

PNLD welcomed delegates from across the policing and the criminal justice sector for its 12th annual Criminal Law conference on Thursday 4th October 2018.

The programme featured a diverse range of subjects from county lines to reducing the risk of cases failing at court.

Anthony Edwards, one of the main attractions, a renowned criminal law defence solicitor, delivered his unique and wide-ranging presentation updating law professionals on vital changes to legislation that directly affects their roles.

Professor Alisdair Gillespie, Head of Lancaster University Law School, examined offensive communications and the law.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor Mark Paul explored disclosure, policy initiatives and reducing the risk of cases failing at court.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Galvin outlined County Lines from a regional and national perspective.

The quiz prize winner was Lorna Ratcliffe from West Yorkshire Police who chose Arthritis Research UK as the recipient of the £50 charitable donation.

The annual Criminal Law Conference is free to attend. If you would like to attend the 2019 conference on Thursday 17 October, please email: