61 Fingerprinting
61 Fingerprinting

(1)     Except as provided by this section no person's fingerprints may be taken without the appropriate consent.

(2)     Consent to the taking of a person's fingerprints must be in writing if it is given at a time when he is at a police station.

[(3)     The fingerprints of a person detained at a police station may be taken without the appropriate consent if—

(a)     he is detained in consequence of his arrest for a recordable offence; and

(b)     he has not had his fingerprints taken in the course of the investigation of the offence by the police.]

[(3A)     [Where a person mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (3) or (4) has already had his fingerprints taken in the course of the investigation of the offence by the police], that fact shall be disregarded for the purposes of that subsection if—

(a)     the fingerprints taken on the previous occasion do not constitute a complete set of his fingerprints; or

(b)     some or all of the fingerprints taken on the previous occasion are not of sufficient quality to allow satisfactory analysis, comparison or matching (whether in the case in question or generally).]

[(4)     The fingerprints of a person detained at a police station may be taken without the appropriate consent if—

(a)     he has been charged with a recordable offence or informed that he will be reported for such an offence; and

(b)     he has not had his fingerprints taken in the course of the investigation of the offence by the police.]