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the police force which that policing body is responsible
for maintaining, or
(iii) that body and that force, and
the efficiency or effectiveness of one or more other policing
bodies and police forces.
If the policing body considers that there is a particular way in which the
collaboration functions could be so exercised by the policing body and
by one or more other particular persons (“the proposed collaboration”),
the policing must notify those other persons (the “proposed partners”)
of the proposed collaboration.
The policing body, and the proposed partners notified under
subsection (2) (the “notified proposed partners”), must consider
whether to exercise the collaboration functions to give effect to the
In considering whether to so exercise the collaboration functions, the
policing body and the notified proposed partners must consider
whether the proposed collaboration would be in the interests of the
efficiency or effectiveness of one or more policing bodies or police
(5) Subsection (6) applies if all, or two or more, of—
(a) the policing body, and
(b) the notified proposed partners,
(the “agreeing parties”) are of the view that the proposed collaboration
would be in the interests of the efficiency or effectiveness of one or
more policing bodies or police forces (if the agreeing parties were to
exercise the collaboration functions to give effect to the proposed
collaboration, or to give effect to it so far as it relates to them).
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The agreeing parties must exercise the collaboration functions so as to
give effect to the proposed collaboration, or to give effect to it so far as
it relates to them.
In this section “collaboration functions” means functions of policing
bodies or chief officers of police under any of sections 22A to 23I (apart
from this section).”.
(3) After section 23F insert—
The Secretary of State may, by order, require a specified police function
to be exercised in relation to—
(a) all police areas, or
(b) all police areas apart from any specified in the order,
in accordance with police collaboration provision.
An order under this section may specify whether the specified police
function is required to be exercised in relation to the specified police
areas in accordance with police collaboration provision contained in—
a single collaboration agreement which relates to all of those
police areas, or
a number of collaboration agreements which, between them,
relate to all of those police areas.
Provision under subsection (2)(b) need not specify a particular number
of collaboration agreements.
If, but for this subsection, an instrument containing an order under this
section would be treated for the purposes of the standing orders of
either House of Parliament as a hybrid instrument, it is to proceed in
that House as if it were not a hybrid instrument.
In this section “specified” means specified in an order under this
(4) Schedule 12 (collaboration agreements) has effect.
Schedule 13 (police powers for civilian employees under collaboration
agreements) has effect.
(1) The Police Act 1996 is amended as follows.
In section 40 (powers to give directions in relation to police force), for “police
authority” (in each place) substitute “local policing body”.
(3) In section 40A (powers to give directions in relation to police authority)—
for “police authority” (in each place, including in the title) substitute
“local policing body”;
(b) for “the authority” substitute “the local policing body”.
(4) In section 40B (procedure for directions under section 40 or 40A)—