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  PART III
  DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY POLICING ARRANGEMENTS
 
District policing partnerships
Establishment of district policing partnerships.     14. - (1) Each district council shall establish for its district a body to be known as the district policing partnership.
 
      (2) Schedule 3 shall have effect in relation to a district policing partnership.
 
      (3) In this Part "district council" and "district" (except in the expression "police district") have the same meanings as in the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.
 
      (4) In this Part "the district", in relation to a district policing partnership, means the district of the council by which it is established.
 
Default of council.     15. - (1) If the Secretary of State is satisfied that a district council has failed to comply with-
 
 
    (a) section 14(1), or
 
    (b) any provision of Schedule 3,
       he may, after consulting the Board, direct the council to take, within such period as is specified in the direction, such action for the purpose of remedying the default as is so specified.
 
      (2) If a district council fails to comply with a direction under subsection (1), the Secretary of State may-
 
 
    (a) declare the council to be in default; and
 
    (b) make an order empowering the Board to exercise the functions of that council to such extent as appears to him necessary or expedient to secure that a district policing partnership is duly established for the district of the council.
      (3) An order under subsection (2) may provide for Schedule 3 to have effect in relation to the exercise by the Board of any functions of the district council with such modifications as may be specified in the order.
 
      (4) An order under subsection (2) may confer on the Board power to remove any members of a district policing partnership holding office at the date of the order.
 
      (5) Any costs incurred by the Board under an order under subsection (2) shall in the first instance be defrayed as expenses of the Board, but-
 
 
    (a) an amount equal to one quarter of those costs as certified by the Board shall on demand be paid to the Board by the council; and
 
    (b) any sums demanded under paragraph (a) may be recovered summarily by the Board as a debt.
General functions of district policing partnerships.     16. - (1) The functions of a district policing partnership shall be-
 
 
    (a) to provide views to the district commander for any police district which is, or is included in, the district and to the Board on any matter concerning the policing of the district;
 
    (b) to monitor the performance of the police in carrying out-
 
      (i) the policing plan in relation to the district; and
 
      (ii) the local policing plan applying to the district or any part of the district;
 
    (c) to make arrangements for obtaining-
 
      (i) the views of the public about matters concerning the policing of the district; and
 
      (ii) the co-operation of the public with the police in preventing crime;
 
    (d) to act as a general forum for discussion and consultation on matters affecting the policing of the district; and
 
    (e) such other functions as are conferred on it by any other statutory provision.
      (2) In exercising its functions, a district policing partnership shall have regard to a code of practice under section 19.
 
Annual report by district policing partnership to council.     17. - (1) A district policing partnership shall, not later than 3 months after the end of each financial year, submit to the district council a general report on the exercise of its functions during that year.
 
      (2) When a district policing partnership submits its report under subsection (1), it shall at the same time send a copy of the report to the Board.
 
      (3) A report under this section shall include details of the arrangements made under section 16(1)(c).
 
      (4) Before submitting any report under this section a district policing partnership shall consult the district commander of any police district which is, or is included in, the district.
 
      (5) The district council shall arrange for a report submitted under this section to be published in such manner as appears to the council to be appropriate.
 
Reports by district policing partnership to Board.     18. - (1) A district policing partnership shall, whenever so required by the Board, submit to the Board a report on any such matter connected with the exercise of its functions as may be specified in the requirement.
 
      (2) A report under this section shall be made-
 
 
    (a) in such form as may be specified in the requirement under subsection (1); and
 
    (b) within the period of three months from the date on which that requirement is made, or within such longer period as may be agreed between the district policing partnership and the Board.
      (3) The Board may arrange for a report under this section to be published in such manner as appears to the Board to be appropriate.
 
Code of practice for district policing partnerships.     19. - (1) The Board shall issue and may from time to time revise, a code of practice containing guidance as to the exercise by district policing partnerships of their functions.
 
      (2) The Board shall obtain the agreement of the Secretary of State before issuing a code of practice, or revised code of practice, under this section.
 
      (3) Before issuing or revising a code of practice under this section the Board shall consult-
 
 
    (a) district councils; and
 
    (b) the Chief Constable.
      (4) The code of practice under this section may in particular include provisions concerning-
 
 
    (a) the procedures for meetings of a district policing partnership;
 
    (b) the holding of public meetings by a district policing partnership;
 
    (c) the arrangements for giving notice of meetings, and in particular for the giving of such notice to district commanders and to the public;
 
    (d) the arrangements for the submission by or to a district policing partnership of reports and other documents;
 
    (e) the arrangements for enabling questions on the discharge by police officers of their functions in the district to be put by members of the district policing partnership for answer by the district commander of any police district which is, or is included in, the district or a police officer nominated by him for the purpose;
 
    (f) the arrangements for the monitoring of the performance of the police in carrying out-
 
      (i) the policing plan in relation to the district; and
 
      (ii) the local policing plan applying to the district or any part of the district;
 
    (g) the arrangements to be made by a district policing partnership as a result of section 16(1)(c);
 
    (h) the arrangements for dealings with the Board.
      (5) The Board shall arrange for any code of practice issued or revised under this section to be published in such manner as appears to it to be appropriate.
 
 
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