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Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

This is the text of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 5 December 1997.

 
  
EXPLANATORY AND FINANCIAL MEMORANDUM
 
 
 
  
Police (Northern Ireland) Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES

PART I
THE POLICE AUTHORITY FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Clause 
1.The Police Authority for Northern Ireland.
2.General functions of the Police Authority.
3.Staff of the Police Authority.
4.Power to transfer staff to employment of Police Authority.
5.Provision and maintenance of buildings and equipment.
6.Acquisition and disposal of land by Police Authority.
7.Arrangements for obtaining the views of the public on policing.
8.Provision of advice and assistance to international organisations, etc.
9.Grants to, and borrowing by, the Police Authority.
10.Funding of Police Authority - ancillary provisions.
11.Charges for special services.
12.Accounts and audit.
13.Rewards for diligence.

PART II
POLICING OBJECTIVES, PERFORMANCE TARGETS AND PLANS
14.Setting of policing objectives and performance targets by Secretary of State.
15.Setting of policing objectives and performance targets by Police Authority.
16.The Chief Constable's strategic policing plan.
17.The Police Authority's annual policing plan.

PART III
THE POLICE FORCE
18.General functions of the police force.
19.General functions of Chief Constable.
20.Exercise of functions of Chief Constable in cases of absence, incapacity, etc.
21.Appointment and removal of senior officers of RUC.
22.Appointment and promotion of other members of RUC.
23.Reserve constables.
24.Attestation of constables.
25.Regulations for RUC.
26.Regulations for RUC Reserve.
27.Members of RUC engaged on other police service.
28.The RUC Fund.
29.Liability for wrongful acts of constables.
30.Protection of members of the police force in executing warrants.
31.Property coming into the possession of the police.

PART IV
POLICE REPRESENTATIVE INSTITUTIONS
32.Police Association for Northern Ireland.
33.Regulations for Police Association.
34.The Police Negotiating Board for the United Kingdom.
35.Membership of trade unions.

PART V
FUNCTIONS OF SECRETARY OF STATE
36.General duty of Secretary of State.
37.Statement of policing principles.
38.Codes of practice.
39.Guidance as to exercise of functions by police force.
40.Power to require use by police of specified facilities, equipment or services.
41.Appointment of inspectors of constabulary.
42.Publication of reports of inspectors of constabulary.
43.Criminal statistics.
44.Inquiries.
45.Research and advice.
46.Expenditure by Secretary of State for police purposes.

PART VI
REPORTS
47.Annual and other reports by Police Authority to Secretary of State.
48.Annual and other reports by Chief Constable to Police Authority.
49.Reports by Chief Constable to Secretary of State.

PART VII
POLICE COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS
50.Interpretation of this Part.
51.The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
52.Complaints - receipt and initial classification of complaints.
53.Complaints - informal resolution.
54.Complaints - formal investigation.
55.Consideration of other matters by the Ombudsman.
56.Formal investigation by the Ombudsman.
57.Formal investigation by a police officer.
58.Steps to be taken after investigation - criminal proceedings.
59.Steps to be taken after investigation - disciplinary proceedings.
60.Constabularies not maintained by Police Authority.
61.Reports.
62.Statements by Ombudsman about exercise of his functions.
63.Restriction on disclosure of information.
64.Regulations.
65.Guidance concerning discipline, complaints, etc.

PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL
Offences
66.Assaults on, and obstruction of, constables, etc.
67.Impersonation, etc.
68.Causing disaffection.
69.Obtaining pension by self-inflicted injury, etc.

Traffic wardens
70.Traffic wardens.

Supplementary
71.Expenses of Secretary of State.
72.Orders and regulations.
73.Interpretation.
74.Amendments, transitional provisions, repeals, etc.
75.Commencement.
76.Extent.
77.Short title.
 

SCHEDULES:
    Schedule 1-The Police Authority for Northern Ireland.
    Schedule 2-Form of declaration.
    Schedule 3-The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
    Schedule 4-Amendments.
    Schedule 5-Transitional provisions and savings.
    Part I-General.
    Part II-The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
    Schedule 6-Repeals.
 


 
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