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Police Reform Act 2002

Section 27: Conduct of the Commission’s staff

165.It is recognised that the general public expect that people serving with the police who are given powers, the use of which can have a significant impact on members of the public, should not abuse those powers and betray the trust and confidence placed in them. It is accepted generally that those who abuse those powers and betray that trust should be answerable and this Part provides a mechanism to deal with allegations of such abuse and betrayal. It follows that members of the Commission’s staff who are given the same or similar powers as a person serving with the police should also be answerable for the abuse those powers.

166.To bring these staff under the procedures of this Part was not considered appropriate. Instead, this section requires the Secretary of State to make provisions by regulations for the handling of both allegations of misconduct made against members of the Commission’s staff and cases in which there are indications of misconduct. The regulations may apply any provision under this Part, modified as necessary.

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