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Police Powers from the Pocket Lawyer. Know your rights.

When can the police carry out a stop and search? What is the procedure for arresting or detaining somebody? What rights does a detainee have? What are the rules on taking and using body samples? How are suspects identified? What special powers are there for suspected terrorists?

Get the answers to these questions and many more.

The powers of the police must be balanced with the freedoms of the public. The complete PACE Codes of Practice set out the official framework for both powers and safeguards. Every policeman must obey the rules of PACE. Every person should know their civil rights.

Anyone with a general interest in Crime, the Law, Human Rights or the Police will find the document provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the police.

This convenient application is of exceptional use to lawyers, students and the police. It is quick and easy to navigate. The document is formatted into manageable clear sub-headings. This version includes all updates upto and including 2009.

The Police and Criminal Evidence Codes of Practice:

Code A – Stop and Search

Code B – Search of Premises

Code C – Detention and Questioning

Code D – Identification Procedures

Code E – Audio Interviews

Code F – Visual Interviews

Code G – Powers of Arrest

Code H – Terrorist Suspects

This application reproduces the complete and official PACE Codes under PSI Licence C2009000432. The PACE Code is produced and made available by the Home Office.

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