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NCJ Number: 136219 Find in a Library
Title: Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984: A Guide for the Practitioner
Author(s): A E Greaves; D Pickover
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 196
Sponsoring Agency: Police Review Publishing Co
London, WC1V 7HU, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-85164-046-X
Sale Source: Police Review Publishing Co
Publications Coordinator
Celcon House
5th Floor
289-293 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7HU,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This handbook of intended as a reference for British police officers in their implementation of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984.
Abstract: Section 1 of the Act provides constables with the power to stop and search persons and vehicles. Using a question-and-answer format, the handbook indicates the parameters for such an exercise of authority. The Act also provides for reasonable searches to obtain evidence of offenses, but it imposes restrictions to prevent "fishing expeditions." The handbook specifies the safeguards and procedures that are applicable to all search warrants. Part III of the Act redefines the meaning of "arrestable offence," creates the new classification of a "serious arrestable offense," abolishes most powers of arrest exercisable by a constable, provides a new general conditional power of arrest, outlines procedures for an arrest, and provides for persons to turn themselves into police voluntarily. The handbook discusses arrest procedures in detail. The handbook also presents the Act's provisions and respective police practices for detention, police interviews and interrogation, codes of practice, collection of evidence, the identification of persons, and the practice of tape recording. Subject index
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Arrest procedures; Detention; Evidence collection; Foreign laws; Interview and interrogation; Search and seizure laws; Stop and frisk; Suspect identification; Tape recordings
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