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Royal Ulster Constabulary (Conduct) (Senior Officer) Regulations 2000

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Suspension — ordinary procedure

5.—(1) Where it appears to the Police Authority, on receiving a report, allegation or complaint which indicates that the conduct of a senior officer does not meet the appropriate standard, that the senior officer concerned ought to be suspended from membership of the RUC and from his office of constable, the Police Authority may, subject to the following provisions of this regulation, so suspend him.

(2) The Police Authority shall not so suspend a senior officer unless it appears to them that either of the following conditions (“the suspension conditions”) is satisfied, namely—

(a)that the effective investigation of the report allegation or complaint may be prejudiced unless the senior officer concerned is so suspended; or

(b)that the public interest, having regard to the nature of the report, allegation or complaint, and any other relevant considerations, requires that he should be so suspended.

(3) If the Police Authority determine that a senior officer ought to be suspended under this regulation, they shall forthwith notify the Ombudsman of their decision and of the suspension condition appearing to them to justify their decision.

(4) If, upon being so notified of the decision of the Police Authority, the Ombudsman is satisfied that the suspension condition in question is fulfilled, he shall as soon as practicable notify his approval of the suspension of the senior officer concerned to the Police Authority; and the suspension of the officer shall not have effect unless the approval of the Ombudsman is so given.

(5) Where the Ombudsman gives his approval to the suspension of a senior officer, this suspension shall take effect from the time he receives notice of that approval from the Police Authority and he shall be suspended until—

(a)the Ombudsman decides otherwise; or

(b)the Police Authority decide otherwise; or

(c)it is decided that the conduct of the senior officer concerned shall not be the subject of proceedings under regulation 11; or

(d)the notification by the Police Authority of a finding that the conduct of the senior officer concerned did not fail to meet the appropriate standard or notification that, in spite of a finding that his conduct did fail to meet the appropriate standard, no sanction should be imposed; or

(e)a sanction has been imposed,

whichever first occurs.

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