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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

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Section 2

SCHEDULE 2Chief constables

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Introduction

1This Schedule applies to the chief constables established under section 2.

Status, name etc

2A chief constable is a corporation sole.

3The name of the chief constable for a police force is “the Chief Constable of” with the addition of the name of the police force.

Civilian staff

4(1)The chief constable of a police force must appoint a person to be responsible for the proper administration of the police force’s financial affairs (referred to in this Part as the police force’s chief finance officer).

(2)The chief constable of a police force may appoint such other staff as the chief constable thinks appropriate—

(a)to enable the chief constable to exercise the chief constable’s functions, or

(b)otherwise to assist the relevant police force.

(3)Section 113 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 applies to the chief finance officer of a chief constable as it applies to the persons having responsibility for the administration of financial affairs mentioned in that section.

5(1)A chief constable must appoint a qualified person to act as chief finance officer, if and for as long as—

(a)that post is vacant, or

(b)the holder of that post is, in the chief constable’s opinion, unable to carry out the duties of that post.

(2)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) a person is qualified to be appointed to act as chief finance officer if that person is qualified to be appointed to the post under paragraph 4.

(3)A reference in any enactment to the police force’s chief finance officer includes a reference to a person acting as chief finance officer in accordance with sub-paragraph (1).

Remuneration etc of staff

6(1)A chief constable may pay remuneration, allowances and gratuities to the members of the police force’s civilian staff.

(2)A chief constable may pay—

(a)pensions to, or in respect of, persons who have been members of the police force’s civilian staff, and

(b)amounts for or towards provision of pensions to, or in respect of, persons who have been members of the police force’s civilian staff.

(3)In this paragraph “allowances”, in relation to a member of a police force’s civilian staff, means allowances in respect of expenses incurred by the member of staff in the course of employment as such a member of staff.

Incidental powers

7(1)A chief constable may do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of the functions of chief constable.

(2)That includes—

(a)entering into contracts and other agreements (whether legally binding or not), but only with the consent of the relevant police and crime commissioner;

(b)acquiring and disposing of property, apart from land, but only with the consent of the relevant police and crime commissioner.

(3)But the chief constable may not borrow money.

(4)Sub-paragraph (2)(a) does not require the chief constable to obtain the consent of the relevant police and crime commissioner in order to enter into a contract or other agreement with a person—

(a)by virtue of which the person becomes, or is, a member of the police force’s civilian staff, or

(b)which otherwise relates to the person’s membership of that civilian staff (including the terms and conditions of the person’s membership).

(5)This paragraph is subject to the other provisions of this Act and to any other enactment about the powers of chief constables.

Damages and costs in legal proceedings

8(1)The following amounts must be paid out of the police fund kept by the relevant police and crime commissioner—

(a)any damages or costs awarded against a chief constable in any proceedings brought against the chief constable in respect of the acts or omissions of a member of the relevant police force’s civilian staff;

(b)any costs incurred by a chief constable in any such proceedings so far as not recovered by the chief constable in the proceedings; and

(c)any sum required in connection with the settlement of any claim made against a chief constable in respect of the acts or omissions of a member of the relevant police force’s civilian staff, if the settlement is approved by the relevant police and crime commissioner.

(2)A police and crime commissioner may, in such cases and to such extent as appear to the commissioner to be appropriate, pay out of the police fund kept by the commissioner—

(a)any damages or costs awarded against a member of the relevant police force’s civilian staff in proceedings for any unlawful conduct of that person;

(b)any costs incurred and not recovered by such a member of staff in such proceedings; and

(c)any sum required in connection with the settlement of a claim that has or might have given rise to such proceedings.

Disciplinary action etc

9Paragraph 2 does not affect the application of regulations under section 50 of the Police Act 1996 to the constable who occupies the office of chief constable.

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