Police (Northern Ireland) Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART VI, THE POLICE - continued
General - continued

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Code of ethics.     52. - (1) The Board shall issue, and may from time to time revise, a code of ethics for the purpose of-
 
 
    (a) laying down standards of conduct and practice for police officers;
 
    (b) making police officers aware of the rights and obligations arising out of the Convention rights (within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998).
      (2) In preparing the code, the Chief Constable and the Board shall have regard to the terms of the declaration set out in section 38(1).
 
      (3) A draft of the code shall be submitted by the Chief Constable to the Board for it to consider.
 
      (4) The Board may adopt the draft code-
 
 
    (a) as submitted by the Chief Constable; or
 
    (b) with such amendments as the Board may determine, after consultation with the Chief Constable.
      (5) Before issuing or revising the code the Board shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Police Association;
 
    (b) the Secretary of State;
 
    (c) the Ombudsman;
 
    (d) the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission;
 
    (e) the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland; and
 
    (f) any other person or body appearing to the Board to have an interest in the matter.
      (6) After consulting under subsection (5), the Board may make such further amendments to the draft code as it may determine, after consultation with the Chief Constable.
 
      (7) The Board shall publish any code of ethics issued or revised under this section in such manner as it thinks appropriate.
 
      (8) The Chief Constable shall take such steps as he considers necessary to ensure-
 
 
    (a) that all police officers have read and understood the code as currently in force; and
 
    (b) that a record is made and kept of the steps taken in relation to each officer.
      (9) The Secretary of State shall, so far as practicable, ensure that the provisions of the code currently in force under this section are reflected in the regulations relating to conduct or discipline made under section 25 or 26 of the 1998 Act.
 
Guidance as to use of equipment for maintaining or restoring public order.     53. - (1) The Secretary of State may issue, and from time to time revise, guidance on the use by police officers of equipment designed for use in maintaining or restoring public order.
 
      (2) Before issuing or revising any guidance under this section, the Secretary of State shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Board;
 
    (b) the Chief Constable; and
 
    (c) the Police Association.
      (3) The Secretary of State shall publish any guidance issued or revised under this section in such manner as he thinks appropriate.
 
Regulations as to emblems and flags.     54. - (1) The Secretary of State may make regulations-
 
 
    (a) prescribing the design of an emblem for the police; and
 
    (b) regulating the use of that or any other emblem-
 
      (i) on equipment or property used for the purposes of the police; or
 
      (ii) otherwise in connection with the police.
      (2) The Secretary of State may make regulations-
 
 
    (a) prescribing the design of a flag for the police; and
 
    (b) regulating the flying or carrying of that or any other flag-
 
      (i) on land or buildings used for the purposes of the police; or
 
      (ii) otherwise in connection with the police.
      (3) Before making any regulations under this section the Secretary of State shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Board;
 
    (b) the Chief Constable;
 
    (c) the Police Association; and
 
    (d) any other person or body appearing to him to have an interest in the matter.
Identification of police officers.     55. - (1) The Chief Constable shall make arrangements for each police officer to be assigned a serial number.
 
      (2) The Chief Constable shall ensure that, as far as practicable, the number assigned under this section to a police officer is so displayed on his uniform as to be clearly visible at all times when he is on duty and in uniform.
 
Co-operation with Garda Siochana.     56. The Board and the Chief Constable shall implement any arrangements made in pursuance of an agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Ireland dealing with co-operation on policing matters between the police and the Gárda Sióchána.
 
 
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