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15. Police powers, public order, and terrorism  

Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter discusses the law on police powers. These include the role of the police, the organization of the police in England and Wales, police areas, the powers and functions of Police and Crime Commissioners, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and crime in London, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and its Codes of Practice, which contain rules concerning police powers of stop, search, entry, seizure of property, arrest, detention, and treatment of suspects; the meanings of reasonable suspicion and public place, and information which must be given on arrest.


Cover Constitutional and Administrative Law

19. Police powers  

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) confers many powers upon the police. This chapter discusses the Codes of Practice of PACE, police powers of stop and search, the power to arrest members of the public, and the powers to enter property. Whether or not a particular power is exercised will be a matter for the discretion of an individual officer. The exercise of this discretion and the extent to which this is subject to review by the courts will be examined. Finally, the chapter looks at two offences under section 89 of PACE which may be committed against the police: assaulting an officer and wilful obstruction of an officer.