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Police Reform Act 2002


ACPOAssociation of Chief Police Officers
APAAssociation of Police Authorities
ASBOsAnti-social behaviour orders
BTPBritish Transport Police
CDRPsCrime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships
CPOSAChief Police Officers’ Staff Association
CPTDACentral Police Training and Development Authority
DAATsDrug  and Alcohol Action Teams
DATsDrug Action Teams
HMCICHM Chief Inspector of Constabulary
HMICHer Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
Home Office police forcesThe Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and the 41 other forces in England and Wales maintained for the police areas listed in Schedule 1 to the Police Act 1996.
interested personHas the same meaning as in section 21 of the Act.
IPCCIndependent Police Complaints Commission
MDPMinistry of Defence Police
MPAMetropolitan Police Authority
NCISNational Criminal Intelligence Service
NCSNational Crime Squad
NDPBNon-Departmental Public Body
PACEPolice and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
PITOPolice Information Technology Organisation
RTA 1988Road Traffic Act 1988
RTRA 1984Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
sensitivity testmeans a test to determine whether the disclosure or publication of certain information would be prejudicial to national security, the prevention or detection of crime or similar. Such sensitivity tests are provided for in sections 2(6) and 20(6) of the Act.
“the 1996 Actmeans the Police Act 1996
“the 1997 Actmeans the Police Act 1997
“the MDP Actmeans the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987
TWA 1992means the Transport and Works Act 1992
UKAEACUnited Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Constabulary

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