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Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Section 85: Functions of the Authority

277.Subsections (1) and (2) set out the core functions of the Authority. This encompasses the provision of training and the giving of advice and consultancy on training and other matters related to policing. It is intended that the Authority will serve as a centre of excellence for police training and development, promoting the value of police training and working to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of forces in England and Wales.

278.Subsection (2)(c) requires the Authority to promote the understanding of policing issues at an international level.

279.Subsections (3) and (4) require the Authority, in carrying out its functions, to have regard to:

  • objectives set by the Secretary of State (under section 89),

  • the objectives set within the Authority’s annual plan (under section 90),

  • any performance targets set, including any set in compliance with a direction given by the Secretary of State (under section 91), and

  • the Authority’s training and development plan (under section 92),

and to comply with:

  • any direction of the Secretary of State requiring the Authority to establish performance targets (under section 91)

  • any directions made by the Secretary of State in response to a report by HMIC (under section 93), and

  • any other general or specific directions given to them by the Secretary of State.

280.Subsections, (7) and (8) define the bodies and individuals for whom the Authority is entitled to provide services, in addition to those to whom it provide services by virtue of its primary functions.

281.Subsection (10) defines those to whom the Authority is required to provide training, advice and consultancy services as police officers, special constables and police civilian staff in England and Wales.

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