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3. What types of personal data do we handle?

In order to carry out the purposes described under section 1 above West Mercia Police may collect, store, use, disclose (see section 8 below) and retain personal data relating to or consisting of the following:

  • Personal details such as name, address and biographical details;
  • Family, lifestyle and social circumstances;
  • Education and training details;
  • Financial details;
  • Goods or services provided;
  • Racial or ethnic origin;
  • Membership of extremist political parties;
  • Religious or other beliefs of a similar nature;
  • Trade union membership;
  • Physical or mental health or condition;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Offences (including alleged offences);
  • Criminal proceedings, outcomes and sentences;
  • Physical identifiers including DNA, fingerprints and other genetic samples;
  • Sound and visual images;
  • Licences or permits held;
  • Criminal Intelligence;
  • References to manual records or files;
  • Information relating to health and safety;
  • Complaint, incident and accident details.

West Mercia Police will only use appropriate personal data necessary to fulfil a particular purpose or purposes. Personal data could be information which is held on a computer, in a paper record such as a file, as images, but can also include other types of electronically held information such as CCTV or Body Worn Videos images.