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Part 2 E+W Handling of conduct matters

Conduct matters arising in civil proceedingsE+W

10(1)This paragraph applies where—

(a)a police authority or chief officer has received notification (whether or not under this paragraph) that civil proceedings relating to any matter have been brought by a member of the public against that authority or chief officer, or it otherwise appears to a police authority or chief officer that such proceedings are likely to be so brought; and

(b)it appears to that authority or chief officer (whether at the time of the notification or at any time subsequently) that those proceedings involve or would involve a conduct matter.

(2)The authority or chief officer—

(a)shall consider whether it or, as the case may be, he is the appropriate authority in relation to the conduct matter in question; and

(b)if it or he is not, shall notify the person who is the appropriate authority about the proceedings, or the proposal to bring them, and about the circumstances that make it appear as mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(b).

(3)Where a police authority or chief officer determines for the purposes of this paragraph that it or, as the case may be, he is the appropriate authority in relation to any conduct matter, it or he shall record that matter.

(4)Where the appropriate authority records any matter under this paragraph it—

(a)shall first determine whether the matter is one which it is required to refer to the Commission under paragraph 13 or is one which it would be appropriate to so refer; and

(b)if it is not required so to refer the matter and does not do so, may deal with the matter in such other manner (if any) as it may determine.

(5)Nothing in sub-paragraph (3) shall require the appropriate authority to record any conduct matter if it is satisfied that the matter has been, or is already being, dealt with by means of criminal or disciplinary proceedings against the person to whose conduct the matter relates.

(6)For the purposes of this paragraph civil proceedings involve a conduct matter if—

(a)they relate to such a matter; or

(b)they are proceedings that relate to a matter in relation to which a conduct matter, or evidence of a conduct matter, is or may be relevant.

(7)The Secretary of State may by regulations provide for the times at which, or the periods within which, any requirement of this paragraph is to be complied with; and the period from which any such period is to run shall be such time as may be specified in those regulations or as may be determined in a manner set out in the regulations.

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Commencement Information

I1Sch. 3 para. 10 wholly in force at 1.4.2004; Sch. 3 para. 10 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108(2); Sch. 3 para. 10 in force for specified purposes at 1.10.2002 by S.I. 2002/2306, art. 4(e); Sch. 3 para. 10 in force in so far as not already in force at 1.4.2004 by S.I. 2004/913, art. 2(d)

Recording etc. of conduct matters in other casesE+W

11(1)Where—

(a)a conduct matter comes (otherwise than as mentioned in paragraph 10) to the attention of the police authority or chief officer who is the appropriate authority in relation to that matter, and

(b)it appears to the appropriate authority that the conduct involved in that matter falls within sub-paragraph (2),

it shall be the duty of the appropriate authority to record that matter.

(2)Conduct falls within this sub-paragraph if (assuming it to have taken place)—

(a)it appears to have resulted in the death of any person or in serious injury to any person;

(b)a member of the public has been adversely affected by it; or

(c)it is of a description specified for the purposes of this sub-paragraph in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(3)Where the appropriate authority records any matter under this paragraph it—

(a)shall first determine whether the matter is one which it is required to refer to the Commission under paragraph (13) or is one which it would be appropriate to so refer; and

(b)if it is not required so to refer the matter and does not do so, may deal with the matter in such other manner (if any) as it may determine.

(4)Nothing in sub-paragraph (1) shall require the appropriate authority to record any conduct matter if it is satisfied that the matter has been, or is already being, dealt with by means of criminal or disciplinary proceedings against the person to whose conduct the matter relates.

(5)If it appears to the Commission—

(a)that any matter that has come to its attention is a recordable conduct matter, but

(b)that that matter has not been recorded by the appropriate authority,

the Commission may direct the appropriate authority to record that matter; and it shall be the duty of that authority to comply with the direction.

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Commencement Information

I2Sch. 3 para. 11 wholly in force at 1.4.2004; Sch. 3 para. 11 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108(2); Sch. 3 para. 11 in force for specified purposes at 1.10.2002 by S.I. 2002/2306, art. 4(e); Sch. 3 para. 11 in force in so far as not already in force at 1.4.2004 by S.I. 2004/913, art. 2(d)

Duties to preserve evidence relating to conduct mattersE+W

12(1)Where a recordable conduct matter that relates to the conduct of a chief officer comes to the attention of the police authority maintaining his force, it shall be the duty of that authority to secure that all such steps as are appropriate for the purposes of Part 2 of this Act are taken, both initially and from time to time after that, for obtaining and preserving evidence relating to that matter.

(2)Where a chief officer becomes aware of any recordable conduct matter relating to the conduct of a person under his direction and control, it shall be his duty to take all such steps as appear to him to be appropriate for the purposes of Part 2 of this Act for obtaining and preserving evidence relating to that matter.

(3)The chief officer’s duty under sub-paragraph (2) must be performed as soon as practicable after he becomes aware of the matter in question.

(4)After that, he shall be under a duty, until he is satisfied that it is no longer necessary to do so, to continue to take the steps from time to time appearing to him to be appropriate for the purposes of Part 2 of this Act for obtaining and preserving evidence relating to the matter.

(5)It shall be the duty of a police authority to comply with all such directions as may be given to it by the Commission in relation to the performance of any duty imposed on it by virtue of sub-paragraph (1).

(6)It shall be the duty of the chief officer to take all such specific steps for obtaining or preserving evidence relating to any recordable conduct matter as he may be directed to take for the purposes of this paragraph by the police authority maintaining his force or by the Commission.

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Commencement Information

I3Sch. 3 para. 12 wholly in force at 1.4.2004; Sch. 3 para. 12 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108(2); Sch. 3 para. 12 in force for specified purposes at 1.10.2002 by S.I. 2002/2306, art. 4(e); Sch. 3 para. 12 in force in so far as not already in force at 1.4.2004 by S.I. 2004/913, art. 2(d)

Reference of conduct matters to the CommissionE+W

13(1)It shall be the duty of a police authority or a chief officer to refer a recordable conduct matter to the Commission if, in a case (whether or not falling within paragraph 10) in which the authority or chief officer is the appropriate authority—

(a)that matter relates to any incident or circumstances in or in consequence of which any person has died or suffered serious injury;

(b)that matter is of a description specified for the purposes of this sub-paragraph in regulations made by the Secretary of State; or

(c)the Commission notifies the appropriate authority that it requires that matter to be referred to the Commission for its consideration.

(2)In any case where there is no obligation under sub-paragraph (1) to make a reference, the appropriate authority may refer a recordable conduct matter to the Commission if that authority considers that it would be appropriate to do so by reason of—

(a)the gravity of the matter; or

(b)any exceptional circumstances.

(3)In a case in which a reference under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) is neither made nor required to be made, a police authority maintaining any police force may refer any recordable conduct matter to the Commission if—

(a)it is one in relation to which the chief officer of police of that force is the appropriate authority; and

(b)the police authority considers that it would be appropriate to do so by reason of—

(i)the gravity of the matter; or

(ii)any exceptional circumstances.

(4)Where there is an obligation under this paragraph to refer any matter to the Commission, it must be so referred within such period as may be provided for by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(5)Subject to sub-paragraph (7), the following powers—

(a)the power of the Commission by virtue of sub-paragraph (1)(c) to require a matter to be referred to it, and

(b)the power of a police authority or chief officer to refer any matter to the Commission under sub-paragraph (2) or (3),

shall each be exercisable at any time irrespective of whether the matter is already being investigated by any person or has already been considered by the Commission.

(6)Where—

(a)a police authority or chief officer refers a matter to the Commission under this paragraph, and

(b)that authority or chief officer does not consider that to do so might prejudice a possible future investigation of that matter,

that authority or chief officer shall give a notification of the making of the reference to the person to whose conduct that matter relates.

(7)A matter that has already been referred to the Commission under this paragraph on a previous occasion—

(a)shall not be required to be referred again under this paragraph unless the Commission so directs; and

(b)shall not be referred in exercise of any power conferred by this paragraph unless the Commission consents.

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Commencement Information

I4Sch. 3 para. 13 wholly in force at 1.4.2004; Sch. 3 para. 13 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108(2); Sch. 3 para. 13 in force for specified purposes at 1.10.2002 by S.I. 2002/2306, art. 4(e); Sch. 3 para. 13 in force in so far as not already in force at 1.4.2004 by S.I. 2004/913, art. 2(d)

Duties of Commission on references under paragraph 13E+W

14(1)It shall be the duty of the Commission, in the case of every recordable conduct matter referred to it by a police authority or chief officer under paragraph 13, to determine whether or not it is necessary for the matter to be investigated.

(2)Where the Commission determines under this paragraph that it is not necessary for a recordable conduct matter to be investigated, it may if it thinks fit refer the matter back to the appropriate authority to be dealt with by that authority in such manner (if any) as that authority may determine.

(3)Where—

(a)the Commission refers a matter back to the appropriate authority under this paragraph, and

(b)the Commission does not consider that to do so might prejudice a possible future investigation of that matter,

the Commission shall give a notification of the making of the reference to the person to whose conduct that matter relates.

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Commencement Information

I5Sch. 3 para. 14 wholly in force at 1.4.2004; Sch. 3 para. 14 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108(2); Sch. 3 para. 14 in force for specified purposes at 1.10.2002 by S.I. 2002/2306, art. 4(e); Sch. 3 para. 14 in force in so far as not already in force at 1.4.2004 by S.I. 2004/913, art. 2(d)

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