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Police reference services

The National Police Reference System (NPRS) enables Australian police agencies to share essential policing information with other police agencies. It is specifically designed to equip operational police, anywhere in the country, with the knowledge they need to make on-the-spot decisions when dealing with persons of interest. It provides key reference data to support police officers, investigators and analysts.

NPRS provides Australian police with detailed, current and accurate national police information that can be accessed from handheld devices, in-car terminals and desktop computers.

The system is available to 75,000 police officers across Australia. It records core data such as:

  • Name
  • Identity information and photographs
  • Information on warnings, warrants and wanted persons
  • Offence history
  • Protection and violence orders
  • Firearms involvements
  • Information relating to the child protection register
  • Information on missing persons, unidentified persons and bodies, and escapees

Through NPRS, police gain instant access to important information about persons of interest, alerting them to whether a person is likely to be dangerous or wanted for other offences.

Operational police all over the country now have instant access to 11 million records and more than eight million photographs.

Last updated
5 June 2017