Discuss whether the balance between the rights of an individual and the powers of the police to detain and interview a person at the police station are satisfactory.
The Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and the PACE Codes of Practice provide the core framework of police powers and safeguards around stop and search, arrest, detention, investigation, identification and interviewing people being detained. The latest versions of these codes came into practice at the end of 2005.
The codes are vital in making sure the balance between police powers and the rights of an individual is correct.
Another procedure which aims to make sure the rights of individuals are protected is The Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure. It was set up in 1978 as there was concern over police procedures and whether or not they were abusing their power.
This, in my view, was highly necessary. The type of power that police get needs to have boundaries set or people can take advantage.
Code C sets out the requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects not related to terrorism in police custody by police officers.
Deals with the tape recording of interviews with suspects in the police station.