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IC (Identity Codes) Numbers are codes used by the British police to describe a person's apparent ethnicity.

The codes are:

  • IC1 – White European
  • IC2 – Dark European (Mediterranean / Hispanic)
  • IC3 – Afro-Caribbean
  • IC4 – Asian (South Asian)
  • IC5 – East/Southeast Asian
  • IC6 – Arab/North African
  • IC7 or 0 – Unknown (sometimes snarkily referred to as 'Tantastic', for those who've over done the orange fake tan)

Used in many a Police Procedural, especially The Bill.

Although it's not used universally; the London Metropolitan Police came up with the idea and were the only ones to really make official use of it until a national system was brought in in 2000. Appearances in fiction outside of the M25 are usually a result of poor research.