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Police Reform Act 2002

Section 42: Supplementary provisions relating to designations and accreditations

249.Subsection (1) provides that where a designated or accredited person relies on any power or duty in dealings with a member of the public, he must show that person his designation or accreditation if asked to do so.

250.Subsection (2) provides that persons designated or accredited by a chief officer of police can only exercise powers if they are wearing a uniform endorsed by the chief officer and identified or described in their designation or accreditation. Accredited persons must also wear a badge in a form to be decided by the Secretary of State.

251.Subsections (3) and (4) allow chief officers and Directors General respectively to modify or withdraw a designation or accreditation at any time.

252.Subsections (5) and (6) specify that if a chief officer modifies or withdraws the designation of a contracted-out individual or the accreditation of an individual, he must notify the relevant contractor or employer.

253.Subsections (7) to (10) provide that, for the purposes of determining liability for unlawful conduct, conduct in reliance on a designation or accreditation shall be taken as conduct in the course of employment by the designated or accredited person’s employer – whether that be the police authority, Service Authority or some other entity. Following from that, the relevant employer is to be treated as a joint tortfeasor.

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