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Police Service of Northern Ireland (Complaints etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2005

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SCHEDULEMODIFICATIONS TO THE ROYAL ULSTER CONSTABULARY (CONDUCT) REGULATIONS 2000

1.  For Regulation 18 substitute –

Panel conducting the hearing

18.(1) A disciplinary hearing shall be heard by a panel, appointed by the Chief Constable, who shall not be interested parties.

(2) The panel shall consist of a barrister or solicitor, who shall be chairman, a member of appropriate rank and another panel member who is not a serving police officer, selected from lists of eligible persons maintained by the Chief Constable..

2.—(a) In Regulation 20 in the title to the Regulation and in the first sentence substitute the word “officers” with “panel members”.

(b)In Regulation 21 omit paragraphs (1) and (2) and substitute a new paragraph (1) with the text, “Where the disciplinary hearing has been directed by the Ombudsman in accordance with section 59(5) or in accordance with section 59(8) of the Act, the Ombudsman will present the case”, and re-number paragraph (3) as paragraph (2).

(c)In Regulation 22 omit paragraph (2) and substitute a new paragraph (2) with the text “The decision as to whether there was a breach of conduct by the member concerned may be made by a majority decision”.

(d)In Regulations 22 and 23 for the word “officers” wherever they occur there shall be substituted “panel members”.

(e)In Regulations 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 30 for the words “presiding officer/'s” wherever they occur there shall be substituted “chairman/'s”, as appropriate.

(f)Omit the whole of Regulation 29.

3.  In Regulation 32 –

(a)in the title, for the words, “sanction imposed” there shall be substituted “recommendations to the Chief Constable”;

(b)for the first sentence substitute, “Where the panel determine that there has been a breach of conduct, the panel shall –”; and

(c)in paragraph (a) omit the word “shall” and substitute the word “officers” with “panel”.

4.  For Regulation 33 substitute –

Finding

33.(1) The member concerned shall be informed orally of the finding of the hearing by the Chairman at the conclusion of the hearing.

(2) Where the panel determine that there was a breach of conduct the Chairman shall send a report to the Chief Constable of the panel’s finding and may, after consulting with other members of the panel, make recommendations to the Chief Constable as to any sanctions it considers appropriate.

(3) Any sanction imposed by the Chief Constable will, if requested by the member concerned, be given in person by the Chief Constable to that member, and in every case the member concerned will be notified in writing of any sanction imposed along with a copy of the report of the hearing, as provided by the Chairman,.

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