Circular 012/2015: Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) code of practice A (stop and search) - coming into operation on 19 March 2015

This circular highlights the coming into operation of the Revised Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), code of practice A for stop and search on Thursday 19 March 2015.


Revised PACE code A: supporting notes

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  • broad subject: Police Service
  • sub category: Police powers
  • implementation date: 19/04/2015
  • from: Crime and Policing Group (CPG) – Policing Directorate
  • for more information contact: Brian Roberts, 020 7035 4848
  • addressed to: Chief Officers of Police - England and Wales
  • copies are being sent to:
    • Chief Officers of Police in England and Wales
    • Chief Officers of non-Police Act forces
    • Police and Crime Commissioners
    • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
    • The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
    • The Common Council of the City of London
    • The Association of Chief Police Officers of England
    • Wales and Northern Ireland
    • The General Council of the Bar
    • The Law Society of England and Wales
    • The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
    • College of Policing
    • National Policing Lead for Stop and Search
    • National Crime Agency
    • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    • Border Force
    • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
    • Independent Police Complaints Commission
    • PACE Strategy Board Members
Published 13 May 2015