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Police Reform Act 2002

Part 4: Police Powers

7.Part 4 contains the legislative provisions necessary to facilitate more effective use of police support staff, and provides for community safety accreditation schemes. It also adds to the list of offences for which someone can be arrested without warrant and places independent custody visiting on a statutory footing. It contains provisions regarding the taking of blood samples from those involved in road traffic incidents. It makes provision for powers for constables in relation to vehicles used in a manner causing alarm, distress or annoyance. It makes several changes to legislation regarding anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) and sex offender orders. It confers on the British Transport Police (BTP) additional police powers to allow them to deal more effectively with truants in their railways jurisdiction and matters connected with fixed penalty notices for motoring offences. It also enables the National Crime Squad (NCS) to dispose of property that comes into its possession during the course of an investigation.

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