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72 Supervision of investigations by Authority.E+W

(1)The Authority shall supervise the investigation of—

(a)any complaint alleging that the conduct of a member of a police force resulted in the death of, or serious injury to, some other person,

(b)any other description of complaint specified for the purposes of this section in regulations made by the Secretary of State, and

(c)any complaint which is not within paragraph (a) or (b), and any matter referred to the Authority under section 71, if the Authority determine that it is desirable in the public interest that they should do so.

(2)Where the Authority have made a determination under subsection (1)(c), they shall notify it to the appropriate authority.

(3)Where an investigation is to be supervised by the Authority, they may require—

(a)that no appointment is made under section [F1 68(2B) or (3)] or 69(5) unless they have given notice to the appropriate authority that they approve the person whom that authority propose to appoint, or

(b)if such an appointment has already been made and the Authority are not satisfied with the person appointed, that—

(i)the appropriate authority, as soon as is reasonably practicable, select another member of a police force and notify the Authority that it proposes to appoint him, and

(ii)the appointment is not made unless the Authority give notice to the appropriate authority that they approve that person.

[F2(3A)In the application of subsection (3) in relation to appointment under section 68(2B)—

(a)any reference to the appropriate authority shall be taken as a reference to the Secretary of State; and

(b)the reference in paragraph (b)(i) to another member of a police force shall be taken as a reference to another person.]

(4)The Secretary of State shall by regulations authorise the Authority, subject to any restrictions or conditions specified in the regulations, to impose requirements as to a particular investigation additional to any requirements imposed by virtue of subsection (3).

(5)A member of a police force shall comply with any requirement imposed on him by virtue of regulations under subsection (4).

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