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PNLD (Police National Legal Database) is a business service of the Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire.
We have been providing a legal database and other legal products and services to the 43 Home Office police forces in England and Wales and the British Transport Police for over 20 years.  During that time, our customer base has expanded to include policing partners and other law enforcement agencies across the criminal justice system, for example, the Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards and academic institutions.
PNLD's legal database is available on subscription to support all those with an interest in criminal justice, whether professionally, academically or for their personal development.
PNLD offer free access to police officers, staff and volunteers from any work or personal device . External subscription options are available for as little as £11 (unlimited access for 24 hours).

PNLD is an information resource of criminal justice legislation containing Acts of Parliament, Common Law, Regulations, Orders and Byelaws, Case Summaries and the National Standard Offence Wordings and Codes used throughout the court system of England and Wales.


We provide clear explanations and guidance on the law, all written in plain English to ensure the information can be readily understood and quickly assimilated. Helpful guidance notes and hyperlinks to useful legal definitions aid ease of use.

PNLD continues to guide and inform the Police Service of England and Wales on criminal law and has done so for over 20 years.  We provide timely, accurate and essential information on legal matters that many officers need on a day-to-day basis.  The content and style of our legal database has proved so successful that we have made it available to all on subscription.

Our team of highly qualified Legal Advisers research new and amended legislation daily, reacting promptly to legislative changes.  As such, PNLD's legal database is considered by its customers to be a trusted and vital tool of their trade.

Access is available, on subscription, to support all those with an interest in criminal justice, whether professionally, academically or for their personal development.

As a criminal justice professional, we know how vital it is to apply the law appropriately. Knowing precisely what you can do in pursuing an investigation but equally as important, what you cannot do.

PNLD will help to support you in making those challenging decisions.

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Current England & Wales Legislation

Easy to find by document type

Acts & Regulations

With links to relevant sections of law

Standard offence wordings

Created by PNLD for use nationally

Case Law summaries

That keep legal principles intact

Guidance Notes

In clear and simple English


To useful 'legal definitions'

Legal Updates

Relevant and reflecting the real world

Your legal questions

Answered by our qualified Legal Advisers









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