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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 118: Duty of service policeman to notify CO of referral to DSP

256.This section applies if under section 116(2) a service policeman refers a case about a person to the DSP. The service policeman must as soon as practicable notify the person’s CO of the referral. He must also provide the CO with any documents prescribed in regulation. The notification to the CO must state the service offence of which the service policeman considers there is sufficient evidence to charge the person and (if that offence is not one listed in Schedule 2) the circumstances prescribed in regulations which bring the cases within section 116(2). The policy intention is broadly to ensure that the CO is aware that a case about someone in his command has been referred to the DSP and that the CO is aware what the case is about, so that the CO can provide any relevant information about the person or the case to the DSP.

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