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Police (Recruitment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2001

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Regulation 2

SCHEDULE 1Criminal Convictions etc

A person shall not be eligible for appointment to the police if he:—

(1) has been convicted of a serious arrestable offence within the meaning of Article 87 of and Schedule 5 to the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989(1) or an equivalent offence elsewhere;

(2) has been convicted in Northern Ireland or elsewhere of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment or detention (whether suspended or not);

(3) has been disqualified from driving in Northern Ireland or elsewhere on more than one occasion;

(4) has been convicted of an arrestable offence within the meaning of Article 26 of the Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 or an equivalent offence elsewhere within 5 years from the date of application;

(5) has been convicted of the following offences or any equivalent offence elsewhere:

(a)driving, or causing or permitting a person to drive, a motor vehicle while uninsured under Article 90 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(2);

(b)driving a motor vehicle while otherwise disqualified under Article 167(1)(b) of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

(c)forgery or fraudulently altering etc, identification marks, badges, licences, certificate or certificates of insurance under Article 174(2) of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

(d)failure of driver of mechanically propelled vehicle to comply with duties on occurrence of an accident caused by that vehicle under Article 175(2) of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

(e)interference with vehicles under Article 8 of the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) Order 1983(3);

(f)dangerous driving under Article 10 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(4);

(g)any offence under Articles 15(1), 15(2), 16(1)(a) or 16(1)(b) of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 relating to driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs or drink or with excess alcohol in breath, blood or urine;

within 5 years from the date of application;

(6) has been convicted on three or more occasions arising separately of any other offences under the Road Traffic Orders or any equivalent offences elsewhere within 5 years from the date of application; or

(7) has received on three or more occasions a caution or any equivalent elsewhere within 3 years from the date of application.

Regulation 12

SCHEDULE 2Independent Panel Member

1.  The independent panel member shall be appointed on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Chief Constable with the approval of the Policing Board.

2.  In making a nomination the Board shall satisfy itself that the person is either:—

(a)a barrister; or

(b)has substantial experience of working with personnel matters.

3.  A person is disqualified from being the independent panel member if he has at any time been convicted in Northern Ireland or elsewhere of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not).

4.  A person shall not be nominated as an independent panel member if he is a serving or former member of the police, the Police Authority, the staff of the Police Authority, the Policing Board, the staff of the Policing Board, or the police support staff.

Regulation 13

SCHEDULE 3Independent Assessor

1.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, a person shall hold and vacate office as Independent Assessor in accordance with the terms of his appointment.

(2) A person may at any time resign his office as Independent Assessor by notice in writing to the Secretary of State.

(3) The Secretary of State may call upon the Independent Assessor to retire:—

(a)in the interests of efficiency or effectiveness; or

(b)if satisfied that the Independent Assessor—

(i)has failed to comply with their terms of appointment;

(ii)has been convicted of a criminal offence;

(iii)has become bankrupt or made a composition or arrangement with his creditors; or

(iv)is otherwise unable or unfit to discharge his duties.

2.  The person appointed as Independent Assessor shall have held judicial office within any part of the United Kingdom.

3.—(1) The Secretary of State may pay such remuneration, allowances and expenses to or in respect of a person appointed as Independent Assessor as he may determine.

(2) The Secretary of State may make arrangements for administrative, secretarial or other assistance to be provided to the Independent Assessor.

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