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Part 1Police reform

Community support officers etc

7Standard powers and duties of community support officers

(1)In section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (c. 30) (police powers for police authority employees), after subsection (5) there is inserted—

(5A)A person designated under this section as a community support officer shall also have the standard powers and duties of a community support officer (see section 38A(2)).

(2)After section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 there is inserted—

38AStandard powers and duties of community support officers

(1)The Secretary of State may by order provide for provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 4 to apply to every person who under section 38 is designated as a community support officer.

(2)The powers and duties conferred or imposed by the provisions for the time being applied under subsection (1) are to be known as the standard powers and duties of a community support officer.

(3)Before making an order under subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall consult with—

(a)the Association of Police Authorities; and

(b)the Association of Chief Police Officers.

(4)The Secretary of State shall not make an order containing (with or without any other provision) any provision authorised by subsection (1) unless a draft of that order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.

(5)A provision of Part 1 of Schedule 4 may be applied to a person concurrently by an order under subsection (1) and a designation under section 38.

(6)If an order under subsection (1) confers or imposes additional powers and duties on a person who is under the direction and control of a chief officer of police of a police force, that chief officer must ensure that the person receives adequate training in the exercise and performance of the additional powers and duties.

8Community support officers: power to deal with truants

In Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 (exercise of police powers etc by civilians), after paragraph 4B there is inserted—

Power to remove truants to designated premises etc.

4CWhere a designation applies this paragraph to any person, that person shall—

(a)as respects any area falling within the relevant police area and specified in a direction under section 16(2) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, but

(b)only during the period specified in the direction,

have the powers conferred on a constable by section 16(3) of that Act (power to remove truant found in specified area to designated premises or to the school from which truant is absent).

9Exercise of police powers by civilians

Schedule 5, which—

has effect.