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  PART IX
  MISCELLANEOUS AND SUPPLEMENTARY
 
Miscellaneous
The Commissioner.     67. - (1) The Secretary of State may appoint a Commissioner to discharge the general function mentioned in subsection (3).
 
      (2) A person for the time being holding the office of Commissioner under subsection (1) is referred to in this Act as "the Commissioner".
 
      (3) The Commissioner's general function is to oversee the implementation of changes in the policing of Northern Ireland (including, in particular, those resulting from this Act) described in his terms of reference.
 
      (4) Schedule 4, which makes further provision about the Commissioner, shall have effect.
 
      (5) The office of Commissioner shall cease to exist on 31st May 2003, unless before that date an order is made under subsection (6).
 
      (6) The Secretary of State may by order provide that the office of Commissioner (whether or not it then exists as a result of a previous order under this subsection) shall continue to exist for a period not exceeding three years from the date on which the order comes into operation.
 
Reports by the Commissioner.     68. - (1) The Commissioner shall make periodic reports to the Secretary of State on the implementation of the changes described in his terms of reference.
 
      (2) There shall be at least three periodic reports in each year.
 
      (3) The Commissioner may at any time make a report to the Secretary of State on matters arising in the course of his performance of his general function.
 
      (4) The Secretary of State-
 
 
    (a) shall lay each report made to him under this section before each House of Parliament; and
 
    (b) arrange for the report to be published in such manner as appears to him to be appropriate.
General duty of Secretary of State.     69. - (1) The Secretary of State shall exercise his functions under the Police Acts in such manner and to such extent as appears to him to be best calculated to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of-
 
 
    (a) the police;
 
    (b) the police support staff; and
 
    (c) traffic wardens.
      (2) In carrying out those functions, the Secretary of State shall have regard to the principle that the policing of Northern Ireland is to be conducted in an impartial manner.
 
The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation.     70. - (1) The Secretary of State may by regulations establish a foundation to be known as "The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation" for the purpose of marking the sacrifices and honouring the achievements of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
 
      (2) Regulations under this section-
 
 
    (a) shall provide for the status and constitution of the foundation;
 
    (b) shall provide for the foundation to have power to support the professional development of police officers and innovations in policing;
 
    (c) may provide for the foundation to have such other functions as are prescribed by the regulations;
 
    (d) may provide for the procedures of the foundation; and
 
    (e) make such other provision concerning the foundation as the Secretary of State thinks necessary or expedient for the proper functioning of the foundation.
      (3) The Secretary of State may make payments to, or for the purposes of, the foundation.
 
Traffic wardens.     71. - (1) The Board shall appoint traffic wardens on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
      (2) Traffic wardens shall be under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.
 
      (3) Where a complaint is made by a member of the public against a traffic warden, the complaint shall be referred to the Chief Constable who shall (unless the complaint alleges an offence with which the traffic warden has then been charged) forthwith record the complaint and cause it to be investigated.
 
Video recording of interviews.     72. - (1) The Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) After Article 60 there shall be inserted the following Article-
 
 
"Video recording of interviews     60A. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State-
 
    (a) to issue a code of practice in connection with the video-recording with sound of interviews of persons suspected of the commission of criminal offences which are held by police officers at police stations;
 
    (b) to make an order (subject to Article 89) requiring the video-recording with sound of interviews of persons suspected of the commission of criminal offences, or of such descriptions of criminal offences as may be specified in the order, which are so held, in accordance with the code as it has effect for the time being.".
      (3) In Article 66(2) (codes of practice - supplementary) after "Article 60" there shall be inserted ", 60A".
 
      (4) In Article 89 (orders and regulations) after "Articles 60" there shall be inserted ", 60A".
 
 
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