PART 1Police reform

CHAPTER 15Offences

92Impersonation etc.

(1)It is an offence for a person (not being a constable)—

(a)to impersonate a constable with an intent to deceive, or

(b)to do anything calculated to suggest that the person is a constable.

(2)It is an offence for a person (other than a constable) to possess any article of police uniform without the permission of the Authority.

(3)It is a defence for a person charged under subsection(2) to prove that the article—

(a)was obtained lawfully, and

(b)is in the person’s possession for a lawful purpose.

(4)It is an offence for a person (other than a constable) to wear, without the prior permission of the Authority, any article of police uniform in circumstances where it gives an appearance so nearly resembling that of a constable as to be calculated to deceive.

(5)A person who is guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(6)In this section an “article of police uniform” means—

(a)any article of uniform or any distinctive badge or mark usually issued to constables, or

(b)any article having the appearance of such article, badge or mark.