Part 2 E+W+S+N.I.Police complaints, discipline and inspection

CHAPTER 1E+W+S+N.I.Police complaints

17Initiation of investigations by IPCCE+W

(1)Schedule 3 to the Police Reform Act 2002 (handling of complaints and conduct matters etc) is amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 4 (reference of complaints to the Commission), in sub-paragraph (7), in the words before paragraph (a), after “occasion” insert “ , or that has been treated as having been so referred by virtue of paragraph 4A ”.

(3)After paragraph 4 insert—

4APower of Commission to treat complaint as having been referred

(1)The Commission may treat a complaint that comes to its attention otherwise than by having been referred to it under paragraph 4 as having been so referred.

(2)Where the Commission treats a complaint as having been referred to it—

(a)paragraphs 2 and 4 do not apply, or cease to apply, in relation to the complaint except to the extent provided for by paragraph 4(7), and

(b)paragraphs 5, 6, 6A, 15 and 25 apply in relation to the complaint as if it had been referred to the Commission by the appropriate authority under paragraph 4.

(3)The Commission must notify the following that it is treating a complaint as having been referred to it—

(a)the appropriate authority;

(b)the complainant;

(c)except in a case where it appears to the Commission that to do so might prejudice an investigation of the complaint (whether an existing investigation or a possible future one), the person complained against (if any).

(4)Where an appropriate authority receives a notification under sub-paragraph (3) in respect of a complaint and the complaint has not yet been recorded, the appropriate authority must record the complaint.

(4)In paragraph 11 (recording etc of conduct matters otherwise than where conduct matters arise in civil proceedings), omit sub-paragraph (5).

(5)In paragraph 13 (reference of conduct matters to the Commission), in sub-paragraph (7), in the words before paragraph (a), after “occasion” insert “ , or that has been treated as having been so referred by virtue of paragraph 13A ”.

(6)After paragraph 13 insert—

13APower of Commission to treat conduct matter as having been referred

(1)The Commission may treat a conduct matter that comes to its attention otherwise than by having been referred to it under paragraph 13 as having been so referred.

(2)Where the Commission treats a conduct matter as having been referred to it—

(a)paragraphs 10, 11 and 13 do not apply, or cease to apply, in relation to the matter except to the extent provided for by paragraph 13(7), and

(b)paragraphs 14 and 15 apply in relation to the matter as if it had been referred to the Commission by the appropriate authority under paragraph 13.

(3)The Commission must notify the following that it is treating a conduct matter as having been referred to it—

(a)the appropriate authority;

(b)except in a case where it appears to the Commission that to do so might prejudice an investigation of the matter (whether an existing investigation or a possible future one), the person to whose conduct the matter relates.

(4)Where an appropriate authority receives a notification under sub-paragraph (3) in respect of a conduct matter and the matter has not yet been recorded, the appropriate authority must record the matter.

(7)In paragraph 14A (duty to record DSI matters), omit sub-paragraph (2).

(8)In paragraph 14C (reference of DSI matters to the Commission), in sub-paragraph (3), after “occasion” insert “ , or that has been treated as having been so referred by virtue of paragraph 14CA, ”.

(9)After paragraph 14C insert—

14CAPower of Commission to treat DSI matter as having been referred

(1)The Commission may treat a DSI matter that comes to its attention otherwise than by having been referred to it under paragraph 14C as having been so referred.

(2)Where the Commission treats a DSI matter as having been referred to it—

(a)paragraphs 14A and 14C do not apply, or cease to apply, in relation to the matter except to the extent provided for by paragraph 14C(3), and

(b)paragraphs 14D and 15 apply in relation to the matter as if it had been referred to the Commission by the appropriate authority under paragraph 14C.

(3)The Commission must notify the appropriate authority that it is treating a DSI matter as having been referred to it.

(4)Where an appropriate authority receives a notification under sub-paragraph (3) in respect of a DSI matter and the matter has not yet been recorded, the appropriate authority must record the matter.

(10)In section 29 of the Police Reform Act 2002 (interpretation of Part 2 of that Act), in subsection (1), in paragraph (a) of the definition of “recordable conduct matter”, for “or 11” substitute “ , 11 or 13A ”.

Annotations:

Commencement Information

I1S. 17 in force for certain purposes at Royal Assent, see s. 183