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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 113: CO to ensure service police aware of possibility serious offence committed

246.Under this section, if a CO becomes aware of certain allegations or circumstances, he must ensure that the service police are aware of them. He may find that they are already aware, or he may need to inform them. He must do so as soon as is reasonably practicable. The duty applies to allegations or circumstances which would suggest to a reasonable person that someone (whether or not identified) within the CO’s command may have committed any service offence listed in Schedule 2. The service offences listed in that schedule are all inherently serious, in that it is difficult to envisage a trivial example of any of them.

247.The section gives the Secretary of State power by order to amend Schedule 2. Under section 373, an order under this section must be approved in draft by both Houses of Parliament.

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