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Police (Northern Ireland) Bill
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General duty of Secretary of State.

62. -

The Secretary of State shall exercise his functions under the Police Acts in such manner and to such extent as appears to him to be best calculated to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of-



(a) the police force;



(b) the police support staff; and



(c) traffic wardens.




The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation.

63. -

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations establish a foundation to be known as "The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation" for the purpose of marking the sacrifices and honouring the achievements of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.



(2) Regulations under this section-



(a) shall provide for the status and constitution of the foundation;



(b) shall provide for the foundation to have power to support the professional development of members of the police force and innovations in policing;



(c) may provide for the foundation to have such other functions as are prescribed by the regulations;



(d) may provide for the procedures of the foundation; and



(e) make such other provision concerning the foundation as the Secretary of State thinks necessary or expedient for the proper functioning of the foundation.



(3) The Secretary of State may make payments to, or for the purposes of, the foundation.




Appointment of traffic wardens.

64. -

(1) The Board shall appoint traffic wardens on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of State may determine.



(2) Traffic wardens shall be under the direction and control of the Chief Constable.



(3) Where a complaint is made by a member of the public against a traffic warden, the complaint shall be referred to the Chief Constable who shall (unless the complaint alleges an offence with which the traffic warden has then been charged) forthwith record the complaint and cause it to be investigated.




Video recording of interviews.

65. -

(1) The Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 shall be amended as follows.



(2) After Article 60 there shall be inserted the following Article-




"Video recording of interviews




60A. It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State-




(a) to issue a code of practice in connection with the video-recording with sound of interviews of persons suspected of the commission of criminal offences which are held by police officers at police stations;




(b) to make an order (subject to Article 89) requiring the video-recording with sound of interviews of persons suspected of the commission of criminal offences, or of such descriptions of criminal offences as may be specified in the order, which are so held, in accordance with the code as it has effect for the time being.".



(3) In Article 66(2) (codes of practice - supplementary) after "Article 60" there shall be inserted ", 60A".



(4) In Article 89 (orders and regulations) after "Articles 60" there shall be inserted ", 60A".




Application to police of anti-discrimination legislation.

66. -

Schedule 4, which amends in their application to the police force and other bodies of constables-



(a) the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976;



(b) the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997; and



(c) the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998,



shall have effect.




Expenses of Secretary of State.

67. -

There shall be defrayed out of money provided by Parliament-



(a) any expenditure of the Secretary of State under this Act; and



(b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums so payable under any other statutory provision.


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