Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) codes of practice
This guide briefly covers the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and the accompanying PACE codes of practice, which establish the powers of the police to combat crimes while protecting the rights of the public.
It includes information about what each of the codes of practice covers and recent revisions to the codes.
PACE codes of practice
PACE sets out to strike the right balance between the powers of the police and the rights and freedoms of the public. Maintaining that balance is a central element of PACE.
The PACE codes of practice cover:
- stop and search
- interviewing detainees
Current versions of all PACE codes are available on the PACE codes page.
Below are the subjects covered by each of the current codes of practice:
|Code A 2011||Exercise by police officers of statutory powers to search a person or a vehicle without first making an arrest and the need for a police officer to make a record of a stop or encounter|
|Code B 2011||Police powers to search premises and to seize and retain property found on premises and persons|
|Code C 2012||Requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects not related to terrorism in police custody by police officers|
|Code D 2011||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|
|Code E 2010||Audio recording of interviews with suspects in the police station|
|Code F 2010||Visual recording with sound of interviews with suspects - there is no statutory requirement on police officers to visually record interviews, but 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|
|Code G 2012||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 2005|
|Code H 2012||requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects related to terrorism in police custody by police officers|