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Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994

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18Regulations for police forces

(1)Section 33 of the 1964 Act (regulations for the administration etc. of police forces) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (2) (which lists certain matters with respect to which regulations may be made) for paragraph (e) (discipline) there shall be substituted—

(e)the conduct, efficiency and effectiveness of members of police forces and the maintenance of discipline;.

(3)After that subsection there shall be inserted—

(3)Without prejudice to the powers conferred by this section, regulations under this section shall—

(a)establish, or make provision for the establishment of, procedures for cases in which a member of a police force may be dealt with by dismissal, requirement to resign, reduction in rank, reduction in rate of pay, fine, reprimand or caution, and

(b)make provision for securing that any case in which a senior officer may be dismissed or dealt with in any of the other ways mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection is decided—

(i)where he is an officer of the metropolitan police force, by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, and

(ii)where he is an officer of any other force, by the police authority which maintains the force or by a committee of that authority.

For the purposes of this subsection “senior officer” means a member of a police force holding a rank above that of superintendent.

(3A)In relation to any matter as to which provision may be made by regulations under this section, the regulations may, subject to subsection (3)(b) of this section,—

(a)authorise or require provision to be made by, or confer discretionary powers on, the Secretary of State, police authorities, chief officers or other persons, or

(b)authorise or require the delegation by any person of functions conferred on him by or under the regulations.

(4)After subsection (4) there shall be inserted—

(4A)Regulations under this section as to conditions of service shall secure that appointments for fixed terms are not made except where the person appointed holds the rank of superintendent or a higher rank.

(5)In subsection (5) the words “and may” onwards shall be omitted.

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