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Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003

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21Chief Constable

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(1)The Authority shall appoint a Chief Constable of the Police Force.

(2)An appointment under subsection (1) may be made only—

(a)with the approval of the Secretary of State, and

(b)in accordance with regulations under section 36.

(3)In performing his functions the Chief Constable shall have regard to—

(a)any relevant code of practice issued or having effect under section 48,

(b)any relevant plan issued under section 52, and

(c)any relevant plan issued under section 55.

(4)The Secretary of State may make regulations about the suspension and removal of the Chief Constable.

(5)Regulations under subsection (4)—

(a)may apply (with or without modification) or make provision similar to a provision made by or under the Police Act 1996 (c. 16),

(b)may confer a function on the Secretary of State (which may include a discretionary function or a function of requiring the Authority to act),

(c)may permit the Secretary of State to delegate a function or to confer a function (which may include a discretionary function) on a person or group, and

(d)may make provision about costs.

(6)Regulations under subsection (4) which deal with a matter addressed by a provision made by or under the Police Act 1996 may differ from that provision only so far as necessary to reflect the structure and circumstances of the Police Force.

(7)Before making regulations under subsection (4) the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)the Authority,

(b)the Chief Constable, and

(c)such other persons as he thinks fit.

(8)In this Part “the Chief Constable” means the Chief Constable of the Police Force.

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