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Explanatory Memorandum to District Policing Partnerships (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

Background and Policy Objectives

3.The Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (as amended by the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003) makes provision for each district council to establish, for its district, a District Policing Partnership (DPP) which is representative of the community.  A DPP is a consultative body, comprising of both political and independent members, set up to express the views of the public on policing to the police and monitor police performance.

4.The Order makes the following changes to the legal framework pertaining to DPPs in Northern Ireland:

  • Temporarily extends the lifespan of existing DPPs, which would otherwise cease to operate at the date of the next local government election, until the new DPPs are established thereby avoiding a period where no DPPs would operate during this transitional period;

  • Inserts provisions that waive the need to fill either political or independent posts that may become vacant during the transitional period i.e. the period between the local government election and reconstitution of the new DPPs;

  • Provides a statutory basis for the date from when the new DPPs are reconstituted;

  • Amends a power to remove a member from office to include the conviction of a criminal offence after appointment, whether committed before or after appointment;

  • Amends Schedule 3, paragraph 9 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 to provide that the vice chair of a DPP must be appointed by the independent members and from among the independent members;

  • Provides that a person who holds the position of chair or vice-chair shall not do so for more than 18 months should the DPP enter the transitional period when a new DPP is being established.

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