Guidance

Proceeds of Crime Act: codes of practice

These codes of practice are guidance for officers on the use of certain powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Documents

Code of practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: search, seizure and detention of property (England and Wales) (print ready)

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Code of practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: search, seizure and detention of property (Northern Ireland) (print ready)

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Code of practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: recovery of cash, search powers (print ready)

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Code of practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: investigations (print ready)

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Detail

These codes provide guidance for officers on the appropriate and proportionate use of POCA powers. The codes above include a code on:

  • exercising powers to search and seize and detain property (there is one code in relation to England and Wales and another in relation to Northern Ireland)
  • the powers to search for criminal cash
  • the operation of the investigation powers

The act was changed by various legislation, which has resulted in these revised codes of practice.