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Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]


Police (Northern Ireland ) Bill [HL]



Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Northern Ireland Office, are published

separately as Bill 52—EN.


Mr Secretary Murphy has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL] are compatible

with the Convention rights.

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Part 1


The Northern Ireland Policing Board

      1        Consultation with Board

      2        Board’s policing objectives

      3        Public meetings of the Board

      4        Contracts relating to detention and escort services

      5        Funding for pension purposes

      6        Accounts and audit

      7        Performance summaries

      8        Performance summaries: supplementary

Reports and inquiries

      9        Reports of Chief Constable

      10        Inquiries by Board

      11        Approval of proposals relating to inquiries by Board

The Police Ombudsman

      12        Investigations into current police practices and policies

District policing partnerships

      13        Independent members

      14        Disqualification

      15        Council’s powers

Police functions and appointments

      16        Core policing principles

      17        Chief Constable’s functions

      18        Provision of information to Board

      19        Fixed-term appointments

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Information and inquiries

      20        Restriction on disclosure of information

      21        Special committee of the Board

      22        Disclosure of information and holding of inquiries

Part 2

Police powers

Designation of civilians

      23        Police powers for designated police support staff

      24        Police powers for designated contracted-out staff

      25        Police powers: amendments

      26        Designations: supplementary

      27        Complaints and misconduct

      28        Liability for unlawful conduct

      29        Notifiable memberships

      30        Code of ethics

      31        Assaults on, and obstruction of, designated persons

      32        Impersonation etc. of designated persons

      33        Designated persons: interpretation

Searches and samples

      34        Intimate searches

      35        Intimate samples

Codes of practice

      36        Codes of practice

Part 3


      37        Orders and regulations

      38        Repeals

      39        Extent

      40        Short title

                  Schedule 1                                         Powers exercisable by designated persons

                  Part 1                    —                     Investigating officers

                  Part 2                    —                     Detention officers

                  Part 3                    —                     Escort officers

                  Part 4                    —                     Interpretation

                  Schedule 2                                         Police powers: amendments

                  Schedule 3                                         Repeals


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