POLICE (CONSOLIDATION) REGULATIONS, 1948.

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1948/1216
Year1948

1948 No. 1216

POLICE, ENGLAND

[See also the title "Metropolitan Police District".]

1. Government and Conditions of Service

(1) Police Regulations

THE POLICE (CONSOLIDATION) REGULATIONS, 1948.

7thJune 1948

5thJuly 1948

9 & 10 Geo. 5. c. 46.

I, the Right Honourable James Chuter Ede, one of His Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, in pursuance of the powers conferred on me by section four of the Police Act, 1919, hereby make the following Regulations:—

RANKS AND DESIGNATIONS

1. The ranks of a police force shall be known by the following designations:—

Chief Constable (except when the title Head Constable is used)

Superintendent

Inspector

Sergeant

Constable.

2. In forces where varying degrees of responsibility render intermediate ranks necessary, one or more of the following ranks may be retained or adopted as the case may be, subject, in each case, to the approval of the Secretary of State:—

Assistant Chief Constable

Chief Superintendent

Chief Inspector

Sub-divisional Inspector

Sub-Inspector

Station Sergeant

Acting Sergeant.

3. An officer in a borough police force duly appointed by the watch committee to act as deputy chief constable shall, in the absence or incapacity of the chief constable or during any vacancy in that rank, have all the powers and duties of the chief constable not specifically excluded by resolution of the committee.

4. The area within the jurisdiction of each police force shall be known as a police district.

The area to which a constable is assigned for duty either generally (as in the case of a detached constable of a county force) or for a particular period of hours (as is normally the case in an urban area) shall be known as a beat, or may, in a county force, be called a subsection.

A number of beats grouped for supervision by a sergeant or an inspector shall be known as a section.

If a number of sections is grouped for supervision by an inspector, the area shall be known as a sub-division.

A number of sections, or sub-divisions, grouped for control by a superintendent or, in a borough force, by an officer of other rank directly responsible to the chief officer of police, shall be known as a division.

The same terms "division," "sub-division" and "section" shall be applicable to the body of men acting under the direction of the superintendent, inspector or sergeant, as the case may be, as well as to the areas in which they respectively act.

STRENGTH

5. The authorised establishment of the several ranks and any changes thereof in every police force shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.

6. The numbers shall be sufficient to provide men for the carrying out of patrol, station, reserve and any other appointed police duties under responsible supervision in each tour of duty.

APPOINTMENT

7. A candidate for appointment to a police force—

(1) must produce satisfactory references as to character, and, if he has served in any branch of His Majesty's naval, military or air forces, or in the Civil Service, or in any police force, produce satisfactory proof of his good conduct while in such service or force;

(2) must be under thirty years of age, or in the case of an appointment as chief officer of police, forty years of age:

Provided that a candidate over the specified age limit may be appointed—

(a) if he has had previous service in a police force otherwise than as an auxiliary or is otherwise entitled to reckon previous service as pensionable service, or

(b) in other special circumstances approved by the Secretary of State upon the recommendation of the appointing authority, that is to say, the chief officer of police or the police authority, as the case may be;

(3) must, save for special reasons approved by the Secretary of State, be not less in height than 5 feet 8 inches;

(4) must be certified by a registered medical practitioner approved by the police authority to be in good health, of sound constitution and fitted both physically and mentally to perform the duties of his office;

(5) must satisfy the chief officer of police that he is sufficiently educated by passing a written or oral examination in reading, writing and arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), or an examination of a higher standard, as may be prescribed by the chief officer of police, or by producing evidence that he has passed another examination which, in the opinion of the chief officer of police, is of an equivalent or higher standard;

(6) must give such information as may be required as to his previous history or employment or any other matter relating to his appointment to the police force, and if any candidate makes in, or in connection with, his application for appointment any false statement and is subsequently appointed to a police force, the making of such false statement shall be an offence against discipline within the meaning of these Regulations and paragraph (5) of the Discipline Code contained in the First Schedule to these Regulations, and shall be punishable accordingly;

(7) shall be given a notice in terms approved by the Secretary of State after consultation with the Police Council drawing attention to the conditions of service contained therein.

8. No person shall be eligible for appointment to, or shall be retained in, a police force to which these Regulations apply, if—

(a) he carries on any business or without the consent of the chief officer of police holds any other office or employment for hire or gain, or

(b) he resides, without the consent of the chief officer of police, at any premises where his wife or any member of his family keeps a shop or carries on any like business, or

(c) he holds, or his wife or any member of his family living with him holds, any licence granted in pursuance of the liquor licensing laws or the laws regulating places of public enertainment in the district of the police force in which he seeks appointment or to which he has been appointed, as the case may be, or has any percuniary interest in any such licence, or

(d) his wife, without the consent of the chief officer of police, keeps a shop or carries on any like business in the district of the police force in which he seeks appointment or to which he has been appointed, as the case may be:

Provided that, in case of refusal of consent, there shall, in a borough police force, be an appeal to the watch committee, whose decision shall be final.

For the purpose of this Regulation, the expression "member of his family" shall include parent, son, daughter, brother and sister.

9. Every appointment to the post of chief officer of police of any county or borough police force shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of State, and no person without previous police experience shall be appointed to any such post unless he possesses some exceptional qualification or experience which specially fits him for the post, or there is no candidate from the police service who is considered sufficiently well qualified.

10. A constable shall be on probation for the period of the first two years of his service in the force since his last appointment thereto:

Provided that the chief officer of police may at his discretion:—

9 & 10 Geo. 5. c. 46.

(a) reduce the period of probation to a period of not less than one year, if the constable has served for a period of not less than one year either in the same force on a previous appointment thereto or in any other force to which the Police Act, 1919, applies or applied;

(b) dispense with the period of probation if the constable has transferred with the written consent of the chief officer of police from another force to which the Police Act, 1919, applies or applied after having completed the required period of probation in that force; or

(c) dispense with the period of probation if the constable has served as an auxiliary for a period of not less than two years.

11. During the period of probation the services of any constable may be dispensed with at any time if the chief officer of police considers that he is not fitted, physically or mentally, to perform the duties of his office, or that he is not likely to become an efficient and well conducted constable:

Provided that a constable whose services are dispensed with under this Regulation shall be entitled to receive one week's notice or one week's pay in lieu thereof.

DISCIPLINE

12. In every police force to which these Regulations apply there shall be published to the force a code of offences against discipline. The code for each force shall contain the provisions of the Discipline Code contained in the First Schedule to these Regulations, with any additions thereto made by the police authority and approved by the Secretary of State:

Provided that such approval shall be provisional until the addition has been laid before the Police Council.

13. Every member of the force against whom a report or complaint suggesting the commission of an offence against discipline is made shall, as soon as possible, be informed in writing of the exact charge against him.

14. The written charge must disclose an offence against discipline as defined in the code of offences against discipline of the force, with such details of time and place as will leave the accused under no misapprehension as to the offence with which he is charged.

15. The written charge, which shall be entered on a form provided for the purpose (hereinafter referred to as the misconduct form), together with the report or complaint on which the charge is founded, and all reports thereon (whether confidential or otherwise) or copies thereof, shall be handed or sent as soon as practicable to the accused, who shall initial them to show that he has seen them. He shall either be allowed to retain for purposes of his defence the copies of the reports which are handed to him or shall be given a reasonable opportunity to make copies of the reports for that purpose.

16. The accused shall be directed to state in writing upon the misconduct form whether...

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