50Meaning of " police area ", etc.
Except where the context otherwise requires, in this Act and in any other enactment (whether passed or made before or after the commencement of this Act)—
(a)" police area " or " police district " means a police area within the meaning of section 1(2) of this Act as read with section 19(9)(a) thereof, and " combined area" means the area consisting of the police areas combined by an amalgamation scheme ;
(b)" police authority " has the meaning assigned to it by section 2(1) of this Act as read with section 19(9)(b) thereof;
(c)" police force " means a police force maintained under this Act for a police area or a combined area ;
(i)to the chief officer of a police force shall be construed as a reference to the chief constable of that force;
(ii)to the chief constable or chief officer of police of, or appointed for, any area or district shall be construed as a reference to the chief constable of the police force maintained for the police area comprising that area or district;
and any reference to the chief constable, or chief officer, of a police force shall be construed as including a reference to any other constable of the force who, during a vacancy in the office of the chief constable or during any absence of the chief constable from duty, is responsible for performing the functions of that office;
(e)references to payments into or out of the police fund shall be construed as references to payments to or by the police authority.