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The Police (Conduct) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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16.—(1) The investigator shall as soon as is reasonably practicable after being appointed, and subject to paragraph (3), cause the member concerned to be given written notice—

(a)describing the conduct that is the subject matter of the allegation and how that conduct is alleged to fall below the appropriate standard;

(b)of the appropriate authority’s assessment of whether that conduct, if proved, would amount to misconduct or gross misconduct;

(c)that there is to be an investigation into the matter and the identity of the investigator;

(d)of whether, if the matter were to be referred to misconduct proceedings, those would be likely to be a misconduct meeting or a misconduct hearing and the reason for this;

(e)that if the likely form of any misconduct proceedings to be held changes, further notice (with reasons) will be given;

(f)informing him that he has the right to seek advice from his staff association and of the effect of regulation 6(1);

(g)of the effect of regulations 7(1) to (3) and 18; and

(h)informing him that whilst he does not have to say anything it may harm his case if he does not mention when interviewed or when providing any information under regulations 18(1) or 24(2) or (3) something which he later relies on in any misconduct proceedings or special case hearing or at an appeal meeting or appeal hearing.

(2) If following service of the notice under paragraph (1), the appropriate authority revises its assessment of conduct in accordance with regulation 12(5) or its determination of the likely form of any misconduct proceedings to be taken, the appropriate authority shall, as soon as practicable, give the member concerned further written notice of—

(a)the assessment of whether the conduct, if proved, would amount to misconduct or gross misconduct as the case may be and the reason for that assessment; and

(b)whether, if the case were to be referred to misconduct proceedings, those would be likely to be a misconduct meeting or a misconduct hearing and the reason for this.

(3) The requirement to give a written notice to the member concerned under paragraph (1) does not apply for so long as the investigator considers that giving such a notice might prejudice the investigation or any other investigation (including, in particular, a criminal investigation).

(4) Once a written notice has been given in accordance with paragraph (1), the investigator shall notify the member concerned of the progress of the investigation—

(a)if there has been no previous notification following the supply of the written notice under paragraph (1), before the end of 20 working days beginning with the first working day after the start of the investigation; and

(b)in any other case, if he reasonably believes that circumstances relevant to the investigation have changed.

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