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'No-deal' Brexit could lead to loss of access to key crime database

The Schengen Information System II is a European database which monitors the movements of sex offenders and suspected terrorists. UK police accessed the database 539 million times in 2017 but a ‘no-deal’ Brexit could see the UK denied access to the facility if we become a ‘third country’ outside of the EU.

The database allows law enforcement agencies in all member states to enter and consult alerts on certain categories of wanted or missing persons as well as suspicious objects. The alerts also contain clear instructions on what to do when the person or object is found.

As the access figures show, this database is used on a daily basis by UK law enforcement agencies and losing access could be detrimental for day-to-day policing.

As a precaution of losing access to the system the Home Office has sanctioned £2.4m of expenditure to create a ‘no-deal safety net’ to compensate for losing this and other EU tools to fight crime.

Kylie Wroe