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10. How long does West Mercia Police retain personal data?

West Mercia Police keeps personal data for as long as is necessary for the particular purpose or purposes for which it is held. Personal data which is placed on the Police National Computer is retained, reviewed and deleted in accordance with the agreed national retention periods which are subject to periodic change.

Other records containing personal data relating to intelligence, digital media, custody, crime, firearms, child abuse investigations, and domestic violence will be retained in accordance with APP Information Management, Management of Police Information (MoPI). This can be found on the College of Policing's website and is available at

West Mercia police have adopted the National Retention and Disposal Schedule as the basis of their Retention Schedule and this is available at