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The Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 is an act of Parliament. The aim of PACE is to establish a balance between the powers of the police in England and Wales and the rights and freedoms of the public. No one ever reads the act itself. Instead police and reps use the Codes of Practice. When people talk about PACE they tend to mean the Codes of Practice. The Codes of Practice set out the law in a more easily digestible way. But the content is largely the same.

Reps and Police officers need to know Code C backwards. The best reps are those who read it again and again and can quote it chapter and verse.

Copies of the current edition of the Codes of Practice, can be downloaded from the Home Office website. Click here. Paper copies can be obtained for around £9.50 from most good bookshops.
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Deals with the exercise by police officers of statutory powers to search a person or a vehicle without first making an arrest. It also deals with the need for a police officer to make a record of a stop or encounter.
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Deals with police powers to search premises and to seize and retain property found on premises and persons. (135 Kb)

Code C sets out the requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects not related to terrorism in police custody by police officers. (282 Kb)
Concerns the main methods used by the police to identify people in connection with the investigation of offences and the keeping of accurate and reliable criminal records. (275 Kb)

Deals with the tape recording of interviews with suspects in the police station. (92 Kb)

Deals with the visual recording with sound of interviews with suspects. There is no statutory requirement on police officers to visually record interviews. However, the contents of this code should be considered if an interviewing officer decides to make a visual recording with sound of an interview with a suspect. (2 Mb)

Deals with powers of arrest under section 24 the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 as amended by section 110 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 6505. (2 Mb)

Code H sets out the requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects related to terrorism in police custody by police officers. (242 Kb)

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