Home Office circulars

Circulars are official Home Office documents that provide updates and details on policy and procedures.

They are useful to people who work for, or with, the Home Office or who need to know the latest policy updates.

All circulars since 2003 are stored here; if you need an earlier circular then please contact us.

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Firearms (electronic communications) Order 2011

This circular advises on amends to the Firearms (electronic communications) Order 2011 which allows certain notices to be sent by approved electronic means. It comes into force on 1 April 2011.





Change to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: control of tapentadol and amineptine.

This circular draws attention to the contents of the above Statutory Instruments (SIs), S.I. 2011/744, S.I. 2011/447 and S.I. 2011/448 which come into force on 28 March 2011.

Crime and Disorder

Drug offences


003 / 2011

Amendment to Determinations under the Police Regulations 2003 – Annex F & U

This circular publicises amendments in the Secretary of State’s Determinations under the Police Regulations 2003. The amendments have been to Annex F and Annex U of those determinations.

Police Service




Guidance on variable shift arrangements for police officers

This circular publicises the Home Secretary’s approval for the guidance on variable shift arrangements (VSA) agreed by the Police Negotiating Board.

Police service

Police pay and conditions



The Police Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI No.2235

This circular advises of the closure of the police Additional Voluntary Contributions scheme to new, increased and transferred in business from 1 October 2010. This follows consultation with the Police Negotiating Board.

Police service

Police pensions