Mugshot request form

Release of offender photographs to the media

Devon & Cornwall Police press office can provide photographs of those convicted of a crime, in accordance with ACPO and Force guidelines.

Photographs will only be released upon sentence of a crime when a custodial sentence has been imposed by the courts. Photographs will not be released upon conviction of a crime unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For the cases of a murder conviction a photograph of the offender may be released upon conviction, rather than sentence.

All images issued by the force remain under the copyright of Devon and Cornwall Police; permission for media organisations and publishers to use said images can be withdrawn at any time.

Mugshots issued by the force are for the express use of publication and/or broadcast in connection with the conviction and sentencing only; all use must remain contemporaneous.

Permission to reuse the image in connection with any other future reporting must be sought from Devon and Cornwall Police prior.

It is the journalists’ responsibility to provide full details before any photograph is released.

In order to provide a photograph all of the following details must be given to the press office in the format below. Please use this form to request a photograph and email the press office via press@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk


Media Office - Mugshot request form

Offender details
Your information
and finally confirm and send

Custody picture

Dorset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police news teams can provide photographs of those convicted of a crime, in accordance with national and Force guidelines.

Photographs will only be released upon sentence of a crime when a custodial sentence has been imposed by the courts. Photographs will not be given upon conviction unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In the case of a murder conviction a photograph of the offender may be released upon conviction, rather than sentencing.

These images must be used in a fair and proportionate way and on the understanding that they will only be published or broadcast in connection with the criminal proceeding they have been issued for.

We would like to remind the media that the maximum length for publishing custody images should not exceed the time period set by law for the associated conviction to be spent.

Under no circumstances will Dorset Police, Devon and Cornwall Police or the Crown Prosecution Service accept liability if the enclosed custody pictures are reproduced, distributed or published in any form of media – electronic or otherwise – other than in connection with this criminal proceeding.

The image remains the copyright or Dorset Police or Devon and Cornwall Police.

By using any image you accept the terms and conditions above.

Distrubtion of images

Disclaimer for the release of all mugshots

Dorset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police news teams can provide photographs of those convicted of a crime, in accordance with national and Force guidelines.

Photographs will only be released upon sentence of a crime when a custodial sentence has been imposed by the courts. Photographs will upon conviction unless there are exceptional circumstances.

In the case of a murder conviction a photograph of the offender may be released upon conviction, rather than sentencing.

These images must be used in a fair and proportionate way and on the understanding that they will only be published or broadcast in connection with the criminal proceeding they have been issued for.

We would like to remind the media that the maximum length for publishing custody images should not exceed the time period set by law for the associated conviction to be spent.

Under no circumstances will Dorset Police, Devon and Cornwall Police or the Crown Prosecution Service accept liability if the enclosed custody pictures are reproduced, distributed or published in any form of media – electronic or otherwise – other than in connection with this criminal proceeding.

The image remains the copyright or Dorset Police or Devon and Cornwall Police.

This document/image may not be distributed by sale, transference of ownership, rental, lease or lending without the written permission of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

This document/image is being released to you for the purpose of reporting a specific case/incident.  Its use thereafter is not sanctioned by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary without the direct authority of the Chief Constable or his delegates, who retain the copyright and the document/image should be destroyed. 

As publishers, it is your responsibility to check whether any restrictions have been imposed by the courts that may affect the reporting of legal proceedings.

You are reminded of your obligations under the Contempt of Court Act 1981, should this document/image be used in any unrelated proceedings.

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