The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) has been approved by the College of Policing as the official and most up-to-date source of professional practice on policing. South Yorkshire Police have adopted APP as their Statement of Agreed Policy. This is the agreed policy on Investigation and you may wish to refer to the APP section now


South Yorkshire Police will seek to operate within agreed National APP guidance unless exceptional circumstances exist. Any decision to operate outside of this guidance will need to be justified in line with the National Decision Model.


There are no additional areas of policy beyond those set out within APP.


The strategic aim of the investigation policy is to deliver the highest standards of service to the public.  This policy applies to all levels of criminal investigation.

The Force will seek to treat victims, witnesses and offenders in a fair, transparent and ethical manner in order to prevent and detect crime, protect the public and bring offenders to justice.

The care of victims is our priority and our aim is to deliver a consistently high quality of support on every occasion.

South Yorkshire Police are committed to continuous professional improvement and organisational learning within the investigative function to reassure and build public confidence.

South Yorkshire Police will work with partners and professional bodies to equip and accredit our staff to undertake criminal investigations and be responsive to those from emerging threats to achieve the best outcomes.

South Yorkshire Police are committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of society from criminals who exploit them, specifically hate crime, child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honour based violence, modern slavery and human trafficking.  

South Yorkshire Police will ensure specialist training and support for investigators including those investigations outside of criminality working closely with HM Coroner relating to unexplained deaths, Health and Safety Executive and missing persons.

We will utilise technology where appropriate to improve our efficiency and effectiveness to support professional investigation of crime.

All staff working within investigation functions will conduct themselves and deliver in line with the Code of Ethics with particular emphasis on our values of Integrity, Openness, Fairness, Respect, Honesty, Courage and Teamwork. 

This overarching policy is also in accordance with current legislation, APP guidance and subject of continuous review.

A number of National guidance documents further underpins the Investigation policy;

·         Core Investigative Doctrine 2012

·         National Crime recording Standards (NCRS)

Associated Procedural Instructions

The Investigation policy is further supported by the following procedural instructions that are reviewed regularly.

• Pi9.14 - Investigation of Burglary Residential
• D50838 - Drug Related Overdoses and Deaths
• D51164 - Minimum Standards for the Investigation of Distraction Burglaries/Bogus Official Offences - Instructions
• D51514 - Minimum Standards for the Investigation of Burglary (Other)
• D50794 - Offences Taken Into Consideration - Instructions to Officers
• D51485 - Professional Investigation - Investigative Instructions
• D51086 - Vulnerable and Intimidated Victims and Witnesses Instructions
• D51121 - Minimum Standards for the Investigation of Auto Crime
• D51346 - Identity Documents - Counterfeit/Forged
• D50488 - Investigations Involving Persons in Prison
• Pi9.5 - Financial Crime - Financial Investigations as a General Investigative Tool
• Pi9.6 – Drug Enforcement
• Pi9.7 - Cash Seizures under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
• Pi9.8 - Counterfeit Currency
• Pi9.9 - Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Review - Form Mg/17
• Pi9.10 - Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR)
• Pi9.11 – Personal Robbery
• Pi10.15 - Investigation of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
• Pi15.8 - Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority


Associated Procedural Instructions not owned by SCS:

The associated procedural instructions below are included within the Investigation policy due to the inclusion of these sections within APP.

Responsibility for ownership, management and review of these instructions is the Superintendent of the respective departments and includes the following procedural instructions:

·         Pi9.1 – Application for Search Warrants

·         Pi9.2 – European Arrest Warrants Part 1 – (Extradition Act 2003)

·         Pi9.3 – Schengen Information System SISII

·         Pi9.4 – Identification



Equality Act 2010

The Act creates a statutory requirement for all Functions and Policies (Including Procedural Instructions) to be analysed for their effect on equality, diversity and human rights, with due regard to the General Equality Duty.

In principle, this document has been assessed for discrimination, which cannot be justified, among other diverse groups.

The Code of Ethics published in 2014 by the College of Policing requires us all to do the right thing in the right way. It also recognises that the use of discretion in Policing is necessary but in using discretion, states that you should, "take into account any relevant policing codes, guidance, policies and procedures."


Human Rights/Discretion:

The purpose of providing policy is to give an indication to staff of the expected course of action.  However it is not possible to cater for every possible combination of factors that would justify a departure from stated policy.  The Human Rights Act 1998 requires the proper use of discretion at all times and nothing within this policy and associated procedural instructions prohibits the proper use of discretion in appropriate circumstances.

Where action is taken that has the potential to interfere with an individual’s Human Rights, the reasons behind the making of the decision to act in that way should be recorded on the appropriate forms, or where this is not practicable, in pocket books or policy logs.

Rights of redress for members of the public:

Anyone who feels that a member of staff has behaved incorrectly or unfairly, or who is dissatisfied with organisational matters, service delivery or other operational policing issues, has the right to make a complaint.

Initial action should be taken in one of the following ways:

·         Complain in writing or in person to the Senior Officer at the appropriate police station or to the Chief Constable of the force concerned.

·         Visit a local Citizens' Advice Bureau

·         Contact a Solicitor

Rights of redress for South Yorkshire Police personnel:

South Yorkshire Police personnel who feel they have grounds for concern in relation to the implementation of policies may, as appropriate:

·         Pursue concerns through their line manager.

·         Contact a First Contact Advisor.

·         Pursue a grievance formally through the South Yorkshire Police Fairness at Work Procedure.

·         Seek advice from their staff association or trades union.

·         Use procedural instruction D50241 Management of Complaints, in the section entitled Handling Complaints relating to Direction and Control. 

Start Date:

This statement of agreed policy is new (Oct 17)



Thursday, 12 October, 2017 - 00:00