17(1)An officer not below the rank of Assistant Chief Constable may direct that the consultation mentioned in paragraph 16(6) shall be in the presence of a uniformed officer not below the rank of inspector if it appears to the officer giving the direction to be necessary on one of the grounds mentioned in sub-paragraph (3).E+W+S+N.I.
(2)A uniformed officer directed to be present during a consultation shall be an officer who, in the opinion of the officer giving the direction, has no connection with the case.
(3)The grounds mentioned in paragraph 16(4) and (7) and in sub-paragraph (1) are—
(a)that it is in the interests of the investigation or prevention of crime;
(b)that it is in the interests of the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of offenders;
(c)that it will further the recovery of property obtained as a result of the commission of an offence or in respect of which a forfeiture order could be made under section 23 [F1or 23A];
[F3(4)This sub-paragraph applies where an officer mentioned in paragraph 16(4) or (7) has reasonable grounds for believing that—
(a)the detained person has benefited from his criminal conduct, and
(b)the recovery of the value of the property constituting the benefit will be hindered by—
(i)informing the named person of the detained person’s detention (in the case of an authorisation under paragraph 16(4)), or
(ii)the exercise of the entitlement under paragraph 16(6) (in the case of an authorisation under paragraph 16(7)).
(4A)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (4) the question whether a person has benefited from his criminal conduct is to be decided in accordance with Part 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.]
(5)Where delay is authorised in the exercising of any of the rights mentioned in paragraph 16(1) and (6)—
(a)if the authorisation is given orally, the person giving it shall confirm it in writing as soon as is reasonably practicable,
(b)the detained person shall be told the reason for the delay as soon as is reasonably practicable, and
(c)the reason shall be recorded as soon as is reasonably practicable.
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