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Police Reform Act 2002

Paragraph 16: Investigation by the appropriate authority on its own behalf

102.This provision for investigations by the appropriate authority on its own behalf replicates that contained in the 1996 Act and this paragraph applies where:

  • either

    • a complaint is not suitable for local resolution under paragraph 6(2); and

    • under paragraph 10(4)(b) and, if so determined, paragraph 11(3)(b), a conduct matter is not required to be referred, and the appropriate authority has determined that it is not appropriate to refer it, to the Commission; and

    • no application has been made for dispensation under paragraph 7, or such an application has failed;

  • or

    • the Commission has determined under paragraph 15(2) that a complaint or conduct matter should be investigated by the appropriate authority on its own behalf.

Such investigations will be carried out by a police officer either from the appropriate authority’s force or from any other force.

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