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The end of professionalisation?
John Beggs examines the proposal to remove lawyers from gross misconduct hearings as part of Home Office plans to improve the police disciplinary system.
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Legalities of joint working
Despite changes in legislation, producing an effective collaboration agreement is still a process wrought with difficulties. Philip Heath discusses some of the issues that need to be considered during the development process.
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As much privacy as a goldfish bowl?
Three important cases have tested human rights legislation with regard to the retention of information gathered during public demonstrations. Jemma Lee and George Thomas examine these cases and how forces’ decisions to collect, collate, retain and subsequently process such information have a bearing on judicial rulings.
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Misconduct proceedings following a criminal acquittal
A perennial problem for all professional standards departments is the crossover between criminal and misconduct proceedings. Two particular issues encountered are the timing of disciplinary proceedings and the sometimes difficult decision whether or not to discipline an officer following an acquittal, or discontinuance of criminal proceedings. Mark Ley-Morgan addresses the second of these problems.
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A question of liability
Nick Peel and Peter Forshaw examine whether changes under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 will make it harder for claimants to pursue so-called ‘frivolous’ claims.
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Suspending police officers for misconduct
John Beggs QC and James Berry of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers review the Administrative Court’s decision in R (Rhodes) v Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Lincolnshire, Chief Constable Neil Rhodes’ successful judicial review of his PCC’s decision to suspend him. The authors acted for Neil Rhodes.

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Look before you leap: dealing with the mentally incapable
Bridget Dolan and Aaron Rathmell explain that if officers display the necessary caution when faced with difficult situations involving members of the public with substantial mental or learning disabilities, they will maximise their chances of complying with their statutory obligations.
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Police charges caught offside
It is established law that a police force can charge an individual or organisation for their services should those services be classed as ‘special police services’ (SPS). Section 25(1) of the Police Act (1996) provides that the chief officer of a police force “may provide, at the request of any person, special police services at any premises or in any locality in the police area for which the force is maintained, subject to the payment… of charges”.
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Challenging the PCC
John Beggs QC and James Berry of 3 Serjeants’ Inn Chambers examine the issues raised in the first legal dispute between a chief constable and a police and crime commissioner.
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Retaining property – a legal minefield
John de Bono examines the implications for police forces of the Police Property Act, civil claims for damages, potential pitfalls and practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of claims.
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