The Home Office provides an Open Government Licence (OGL) to use
their Police Force Postcode Boundaries file in KML format.
Each of the 44 police forces (e.g. Avon & Somerset, Bedfordshire,
Cambridgeshire) has a KML file containing a single polygon
representing the police force's areas. Each polygon is made of up
to 10,000 latitude/longitude points. We've reverse
engineered the KML Police Boundaries file to create a list of
postcodes for each of the 44 England & Wales police forces.
At the time of writing the OGL KML files are provided free of
charge through the data.gov.uk web site.
Our licence and the fees you pay are to cover the considerable effort
taken to compile a list of the postcodes behind
the free KML files, including our manual correction and verification
and finally file match verification against the latest Royal Mail's and
Ordnance Surveys postcode databases.
When you licence the file through InfoLogic you receive the
initial police force data file along with complete file refreshers
every 3 months to ensure that the postcodes remain valid
throughout the year. Your initial purchase will cover the
cost of the updates.
- Full Postcode (CR2 6LX)
- Postcode Sector (CR2 6)
- Postcode District
- Postcode Area (CR)
- Police Authority (Metropolitan)
- London Borough (Croydon)
The Police Force Boundaries to
Authority falls within England and Wales, representing each of the 44
police forces across these. The file contains 1,482,046
postcodes for the 44 police forces.
The data is supplied as a Comma
Separated Variable (CSV) delimited text file using double quotes by default. This field
format will open using
almost any software application able to read text files including but not limited to Excel,
Word, Notepad, Access, SQL etc. Due to the size of the file,
older versions of Excel may not be an option as Excel limits any file size
to around 65,000 rows / records.
The data is by default emailed at the time of order using a
secure download link delivery method. If you require the
data supplied in another format then we will be more than happy to accommodate you where
reasonable to do so at no extra cost.
The Police Force Postcodes list is
licensed annually for each user that has access to it.
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown
copyright and database right 2012. Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail
copyright and database right 2012.
The file is updated every three months and
free updates will be made available to you so long as your licence remains