The ACRO Criminal Records Office (“ACRO”) provide ten grounds for record deletion of biometric information as well as any associated PNC records. At least one of these criteria must be satisfied in order for an application to be made. These criteria include;
- Mistaken identity
- No crime
- Malicious/false allegations
- Public interest
These applications can be complex and time-consuming and it is important for individuals to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor to assist you through the process.
The first step in the process is to make an application to ACRO for the record to be deleted. ACRO will consider the application as well as seeking guidance from the relevant police force who were responsible for the record before deciding whether the record should be deleted. Following this decision, an individual is then eligible to make an application to the local force for the removal of all local records.
These applications can take in excess of 12 months to be considered, so they should be made promptly prior to any possible disclosure occurring.