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Police Powers Under PACE

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Police Powers Under PACE Certain police powers under the police and criminal evidence Act 1984 (PACE) were implemented on 1 January 1986. For provisions set out in section 5, 50 and 55 of the act, there is statutory requirement for chief officers of police to collect and publish statistics monitoring their use. These provisions cover stop ad searches of persons or vehicles, road checks and intimate searches of persons. Information giving the ethnic appearance of persons stopped and searched was published in January 2001 a publication under section 95 of the criminal justice act 1991. A search for one type of article may result in a different category of article being found. ...read more.

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The criminal justice and public order act 1994 introduced new powers to stop and search vehicles and person. Section 81 enables stops and searches of vehicles and occupants to be made to prevent acts of terrorism. Section 60 enables stop and searches to be made in anticipation of violence. The new powers to stop and search in anticipation of violence on 10 April 1995. In addition, the prevention of terrorism act was further amended by the Prevention of terrorism act 1996 on 3rd April 1996. This added a new section 13B, which introduced stops and searches of pedestrians in order to prevent acts of terrorism. The detention in police custody under PACE implies police custody before charge on the authority of a police officer is limited to 24 hours except where the alleged offence is a serious arrestable one, where the maximum is 36 hours. ...read more.

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Intimate searches are those, which involve a physical search of the body and therefore exclude strip searches. They may only be carried out if there are reasonable ground for be believing that a person who has been arrested, and is in police detention, may have concealed on him anything which he could use to cause physical injury; or, in the case of suspected couriers or dealers only, a class A drug (as defined in the misuse of drugs act 1971). In the case of searches for drugs, only a suitably qualified person (i.e. a registered doctor or nurse) can carry out the search. Searches for harmful articles are also by suitably qualified persons, except where this is not capable when a constable will carry out the search. *I gathered the statistics from the following website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/index.html ...read more.

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