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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 96: Interpretation of Police Act 1996

286.Section 96 amends the interpretation section of the Police Act 1996 in consequence of the replacement of police authorities with police and crime commissioners.

Section 97: Amendments of the Interpretation Act 1978

287.Section 97 amends Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978 by inserting the definition of local policing authority and police and crime commissioner, and removing references to police authority.

Section 98: Police reform: transitional provision

288.Section 98 introduces Schedule 15.

Schedule 15: Police reform: transitional provision

289.Schedule 15 makes transitional provision in relation to the abolition of police authorities and the transfer of their staff, property, rights and liabilities.

290.Part 1 ensures that holders of the office of chief constable or Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis remain in post and retain all of their rights and liabilities when their offices acquire the new status of corporation sole under the Act.

291.Part 2 provides for the automatic transfer of all staff, property, rights and liabilities of a police authority (including the Metropolitan Police Authority) to the new policing body (a police and crime commissioner or the Mayor’s office for Policing and Crime) when the police authority is abolished. Where, prior to the transfer, a member of staff of a police authority was under the direction and control of a chief officer of police, that member of staff will remain under the chief officer’s direction and control.

292.Part 3 provides for the Secretary of State to direct a new policing body to make transfer schemes for transferring staff, property, rights or liabilities to a chief officer. A transfer scheme may also provide for staff to be transferred to a local authority. The Secretary of State may also modify a transfer scheme.

293.Part 4 deals with detailed matters in relation to transfers of staff, continuity of rights, liabilities, proceedings etc and the avoidance of any unintended consequences of a transfer. Further, it allows the Secretary of State to make additional transitional provision by order, including provision which amends or otherwise modifies legislation.

Section 99: Police reform: minor and consequential amendments

294.Section 99 introduces Schedule 16.

Schedule 16: Police reform: minor and consequential amendments

295.Schedule 16 makes consequential amendments.

296.Part 1 makes those amendments to the Police Act 1996 not set out elsewhere in the Act.

297.Part 2 makes amendments to the Greater London Authority Act 1999 not set out elsewhere in the Act.

298.Part 3 makes amendments to other enactments. Many of these are amendments to local government legislation which was applicable to police authorities.

Section 100: Guidance

299.Section 100 makes procedural provision as to the form and content of guidance and directions given under Part 1.

Section 101: Crime and disorder reduction

300.Section 101 provides a definition of crime and disorder reduction for the purposes of Part 1.

Section 102: Interpretation of Part 1

301.Section 102 provides definitions of terms used in Part 1.

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