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Statewatch News online: Northern Ireland - Police (NI) Bill (amendments)
28 March 2012
list of suggested amendments to the Police (Northern Ireland)
Throughout the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill replace "police
force" with "police service" and "District
policing partnerships" with "District Policing Partnership
2(2)(c) Add comma after `efficient', delete `and' and add after
`effective' `and are trained (and updated as required) in the
fundamental principles and standards of human rights and the
practical implications for policing.'
2(3)(a) After `Constable' add `publicly'.
2(3) (ii) Add `(iii) the appraisal of individuals in the police
service and their awareness of human rights issues and respect
for human rights in the performance of their duty.' Replace `(iii)'
2(3)(c) After `informed' insert `and publish regularly statistics.'
2 (3) (c) add `(vi) police performance in public order situations'.
2(3)(c)(v) Add `(v) trends and patterns in the use of stop and
search, house searches, road checks, arrests, detention, intimate
searches, interceptions of communications and their outcomes.'
2 (3) (c)(v) Add `(vii) results of the random checks on the behaviour
of officers in dealing with the public and their integrity.'
2(3)(e) Add `(f) Publish annually
(i) the number of officers injured on and off duty;
(ii) the number of officers on sick leave and average length
of sick leave;
the number of officers who received personal injury compensation
as a result of a motor accident while on duty and the average
size of the claim.'
2(4)(c) add `(d) publish statistics and all other relevant material
with regard to the principle that everything should be available
for public scrutiny unless it is in the public interest - and
not the police interest to withhold information.'
11(2) Insert `(2a) The Chief Constable shall open a cost file
on every investigation which must be reviewed monthly.'
13(1) At end add `There shall be established four DPPBs for Belfast
15(2) add 15(3) `(a) the District Commander shall take fully
into account the views expressed by the DPPB.'
15(2) add 15(3) add `(b) the District Commander shall provide
to the DPPB trends and patterns of crime, use of police powers
of stop and search, houses searches, road blocks, arrests, detentions
and their outcomes.'
18(2)(b) Add `(c) the Human Rights Commission.'
22 (1) add after `revise', `broad'.
22(2)(b) Add `(c) the Human Rights Commission.' Replace `(c)'
22(2) add `22(3) `This power will be transferred to the Northern
Ireland Executive after two years.'
22(4) The powers of the Policing Board shall be in no way diminished
when the government role in the tripartite arrangement passes
to the Northern Ireland Executive.'
23 (1) add after `objectives' `, priorities and performance targets.'
23(2) add after `which' `broad'.
24(3) Insert `(4) The draft of the policing plan submitted by
the Chief Constable to the Board for it to consider should follow
the objectives and priorities set by the Board.'
25(2) (b) Add `(c) the Human Rights Commission.'
26(6)(b) Add `(c) the Human Rights Commission.'
28(7)(c) Add `(d) the Human Rights Commission.'
30(4) add after `section 48' `and that the core function of the
police service and the core function of every police station
is policing with the community.'
31(1) after `Chief Constable,' add `, who will exercise operational
31(2)(b) add `(c) the principle that everything should be available
for public scrutiny unless it is in the public interest - not
the police interest to hold it back.
31(2)(b) add `(d) the requirement that District commanders should
have fully devolved authority over the deployment of personnel
(officer and civilian) within their command, devolved budgets
(including salary budgets), authority to purchase a range of
goods and services, and to finance local policing initiatives.'
33(2) Add `(2a) `The Board shall, subject to the approval of
the Secretary of State, and after consultation with the Chief
Constable, appoint a lawyer with specific expertise in the field
of human rights to the staff of the police legal services to
advise the police service on all aspects of human rights.'
35(2)(b) Add `(c) The full-time Police Reserve will cease to
exist after 1 January, 2003.'
36 Delete after `shall on appointment' and after `attested' delete
`as a constable'.
41(1) replace `may', by `shall'.
41(2)(c) Add `(d) the Human Rights Commission.'
42 (2) (a) add after `vacancies' `within and beyond NI, in the
rest of the UK and in the Republic of Ireland'.
42(2) after (f) add `(g) the composition of recruitment panels
which shall include lay members.'
42(5) Delete subsection (5).
43(1)(b) Add `(c) one half shall be women.'
47(2) add `(2)(a) The CC shall request from every member of the
police their membership of registrable associations.'
47(5) Delete from `shall' and add `be dismissed from the police
48(1) after `force' add `and integrating the European Convention
on Human Rights.'
48(2)(c) Add `(d) the Human Rights Commission.' Replace (d) with
49(2) (b) Add `(c) the Human Rights Commission.' Delete `the
49(3) replace (3) with `The Secretary of State shall publish
any guidance issued or revised in full on the internet.'
50(3)(b) Add `(c) the Human Rights Commission.' Delete `the Police
50 (1) replace `Secretary of State" with `Police Board'.
50 (2) (b) delete `or any other emblem' and add `(c) The Union
flag should not be flown from police buildings.'
51(2) Delete `as far as practicable'.
55(3) Delete (3).
56(3) Delete (3).
56(4) Delete (4).
58, 61A(1) add `(c) police performance in public order situations.'
60 Delete section.
61. Delete `may reasonably require'.
69 (1) insert `police service' means `the Northern Ireland Police
69(1) insert `police service reserve' means `the Northern Ireland
Police Service Reserve'.
69 (3) delete.
Sch 1, Part lll, 8(2)(b) delete `and'. Insert `(c) the Human
Rights Commission; and' and replace `(c)' with `(d)'
Sch 1, Part lll, 9(1) (a) add after `offence' `since the coming
into force of this Act.'
(b) Add after `creditors' `since the coming into force of this
Sch 1, Part lll, 11 (3) Replace `consult' with `with the agreement
Sch 1, IV, 17 (1) Insert before (1) The Policing Board shall
meet once a month and in public.' Replace (1) by (1a).
Sch 2 8(2) delete.
Sch 3, (7) (a) add after offence `since the coming into force
of this Act'.
Sch 3,7(b) add after creditors since the coming into force of
Sch 3, 8(2) delete.
Sch 3, 12 (3) add `(3a) Meetings of the DPPBs shall be held once
a month and in public.'
Sch 3, 11 Insert `11(a) District Councils shall have the power
to contribute an amount initially up to the equivalent of a rate
of 3p in the pound to the DPPB for improved policing of the District.'