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Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

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Section 12.

SCHEDULE 2Certification of Custody Officers: England and Wales

Preliminary

1In this Schedule—

  • “certificate” means a certificate under section 12(3) of this Act;

  • “the relevant functions”, in relation to a certificate, means the escort functions or custodial duties authorised by the certificate.

Issue of certificates

2(1)Any person may apply to the Secretary of State for the issue of a certificate in respect of him.

(2)The Secretary of State shall not issue a certificate on any such application unless he is satisfied that the applicant—

(a)is a fit and proper person to perform the relevant functions; and

(b)has received training to such standard as he may consider appropriate for the performance of those functions.

(3)Where the Secretary of State issues a certificate, then, subject to any suspension under paragraph 3 or revocation under paragraph 4 below, it shall continue in force until such date or the occurrence of such event as may be specified in the certificate.

(4)A certificate authorising the performance of both escort functions and custodial duties may specify different dates or events as respects those functions and duties respectively.

Suspension of certificate

3(1)This paragraph applies where at any time—

(a)in the case of a custody officer acting in pursuance of escort arrangements, it appears to the escort monitor that the officer is not a fit and proper person to perform escort functions;

(b)in the case of a custody officer performing custodial duties at a contracted out secure training centre, it appears to the person in charge of the secure training centre that the officer is not a fit and proper person to perform custodial duties; or

(c)in the case of a custody officer performing contracted out functions at a directly managed secure training centre, it appears to the person in charge of that secure training centre that the officer is not a fit and proper person to perform custodial duties.

(2)The escort monitor or person in charge may—

(a)refer the matter to the Secretary of State for a decision under paragraph 4 below; and

(b)in such circumstances as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State, suspend the officer’s certificate so far as it authorises the performance of escort functions or, as the case may be, custodial duties pending that decision.

(3)The power to make regulations under this paragraph shall be exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Revocation of certificate

4Where at any time it appears to the Secretary of State that a custody officer is not a fit and proper person to perform escort functions or custodial duties, he may revoke that officer’s certificate so far as it authorises the performance of those functions or duties.

False statements

5If any person, for the purpose of obtaining a certificate for himself or for any other person—

(a)makes a statement which he knows to be false in a material particular; or

(b)recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular,

he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

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