Letter from the Chair, ACPO General Policing
Committee to the Home Office Policing and Crime Reduction Group
Thank you for consulting me on the Armed Forces
Bill and the meeting on 13 November. I confirm that in my view
the minutes of that meeting are accurate.
As far as Extension of Jurisdiction is concerned,
I am entirely content with the broad thrust of what is being suggested.
I believe it could be improved by one change in the Draft Section
31(3A). In subsection (b) it appears to me that an MDP officer
working on an enquiry in Wiltshire (as indeed I think is currently
happening) would only have the powers of a constable inside Wiltshire.
There is a much better wording in your proposed Schedule 5, where
in paragraph 2B(2)(b) I think the wording is much better and would
give MDP officers the same powers as any constable they were working
with. It may not be possible to remedy this but if it is it would
seem to be sensible.
I have been consulted by Robert Key MP as Shadow
Defence Minister and I have written to him giving the ACPO view
on this part of the Bill.
29 January 2001