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.

Legal Database


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

Ask the Police


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 


undefinedDefinitions 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 13,000 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.

To request a copy of the booklet, please click here.

Copies can also be obtained from your local Police Mutual Representative.

In the current climate, all PNLD staff are working from home. Please continue to submit your requests for copies of the booklets and our partners, Police Mutual, will post them on our behalf. 

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.

Police Operational Handbook: 2020 Law
Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2020 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 system of icons covering 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.

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.

Blackstone’s Handbook of Cyber Crime Investigation
Blackstone's Handbook of Cyber Crime Investigation provides a clear and detailed introduction to cyber crime, offering you an effective operational guide to the complexities and challenges of investigating cyber-related crimes.

Blackstone's Handbook of Ports and Border Security
Blackstone's Handbook of Ports & Border Security is a practical, portable handbook for police officers and other professionals concerned with security and crime prevention at all UK ports and borders.

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.

Criminal Law Conference

Due to the uncertainty that remains around the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our 2021 Criminal Law Conference.

The conference is a real highlight in our calendar and is well respected in the criminal justice arena.

Consideration was given to taking the conference online but after much thought, we have decided to cancel the conference again this year in order to maintain the high standard you have come to expect.

Besides the raft of coronavirus legislation this year, what else would we talk about!

Watch this space, we have lots of other exciting things happening in PNLD this year and the conference will be back in 2022, bigger and better!

Register your interest in the 2022 conference.