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Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

This is the text of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, as amended on Report in the House of Lords and printed on 8th November 2000.

 
 
  
Police (Northern Ireland) Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES

PART I
NAME OF THE POLICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Clause 
1.Name of the police in Northern Ireland.

PART II
THE NORTHERN IRELAND POLICING BOARD
2.The Northern Ireland Policing Board.
3.General functions of the Board.
4.Police support staff.
5.Power to transfer certain staff to employment of Board.
6.Provision and maintenance of buildings and equipment.
7.Acquisition and disposal of land by Board.
8.Provision of advice and assistance to international organisations, etc.
9.Grants to, and borrowing by, the Board.
10.Funding for police purposes - ancillary provisions.
11.Charges for special services.
12.Accounts and audit.
13.Rewards for diligence.

PART III
DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY POLICING ARRANGEMENTS
District policing partnerships
14.Establishment of district policing partnerships.
15.Default of council.
16.General functions of district policing partnerships.
17.Annual report by district policing partnership to council.
18.Reports by district policing partnership to Board.
19.Code of practice for district policing partnerships.

Police districts
20.Police districts.
21.District policing partnership sub-groups for Belfast.
22.The local policing plan.

Other community policing arrangements
23.Other community policing arrangements.

PART IV
POLICING OBJECTIVES, PLANS AND CODES OF PRACTICE
24.The Secretary of State's long term policing objectives.
25.The Board's policing objectives.
26.The Board's policing plan.
27.Codes of practice on exercise of functions.

PART V
ECONOMY, EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS
28.Arrangements relating to economy, efficiency and effectiveness.
29.Audit of performance plans.
30.Examinations.
31.Enforcement of duties under section 28.

PART VI
THE POLICE
General functions
32.General functions of the police.
33.General functions of Chief Constable.
34.Exercise of functions of Chief Constable in cases of absence, incapacity, etc.
35.Appointment and removal of senior officers.
36.Appointment and promotion of other police officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
37.Appointments to the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve.
38.Attestation of constables.

Trainees and cadets
39.Appointment of police trainees.
40.Appointment of police reserve trainees.
41.Status etc. of trainees.
42.Police cadets.

Recruitment arrangements
43.Contracting-out of certain recruitment functions of Chief Constable.
44.Recruitment arrangements: trainees and support staff.
45.Recruitment arrangements: other ranks.

Temporary provisions concerning composition of the police
46.Discrimination in appointments.
47.Expiry, renewal and repeal of temporary provisions.
48.Action plans.
49.Severance arrangements.

General
50.Service by members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve with other police services.
51.Notifiable memberships.
52.Code of ethics.
53.Guidance as to use of equipment for maintaining or restoring public order.
54.Regulations as to emblems and flags.
55.Identification of police officers.
56.Co-operation with Garda Siochana.

PART VII
REPORTS AND INQUIRIES
57.Annual and other reports by Board to Secretary of State.
58.Annual report by Chief Constable to Board.
59.General duty of Chief Constable to report to Board.
60.Inquiry by Board following report by Chief Constable.
61.Reports by Chief Constable to Secretary of State.

PART VIII
THE POLICE OMBUDSMAN
62.Mediation.
63.Reports by Ombudsman to Chief Constable and Board.
64.Supply of information by Ombudsman to Board.
65.Limits on complaints and references to Ombudsman.
66.Access by Ombudsman to information and documents.

PART IX
MISCELLANEOUS AND SUPPLEMENTARY
Miscellaneous
67.The Commissioner.
68.Reports by the Commissioner.
69.General duty of Secretary of State.
70.The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation.
71.Traffic wardens.
72.Video recording of interviews.
73.Places of detention: lay visitors.
74.Application to police of anti-discrimination legislation.

Supplementary
75.Expenses of Secretary of State.
76.Orders and regulations.
77.Interpretation.
78.Amendments, transitional and transitory provisions and repeals.
79.Commencement.
80.Extent.
81.Short title.
 

SCHEDULES:
    Schedule 1-The Northern Ireland Policing Board.
    Part I-Status and membership.
    Part II-Membership during suspension of devolved government.
    Part III-Membership during devolved government.
    Part IV-Staff.
    Part V-Funding.
    Part VI-Procedure.
    Schedule 2-Transfer of functions, assets, liabilities and staff of Police Authority for Northern Ireland.
    Schedule 3-District policing partnerships.
    Schedule 4-The Commissioner.
    Schedule 5-Application of anti-discrimination legislation to the police.
    Schedule 6-Amendments.
    Schedule 7-Transitional and transitory provisions.
    Schedule 8-Repeals.
 


 
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