Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Application to immigration officers and designated customs officials in England and Wales) Order 2013
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Published Date

25 June 2013

Jurisdiction

England; Northern Ireland; Wales

Enactment Citation

SI 2013/1542

Commencement date

25 June 2013

Legislation Affected

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 amended

Abstract

SI 2013/1542: Powers of arrest, search of premises and seizure of evidence are extended to criminal investigations by immigration officers and customs officials. Existing limited powers for customs officials are replaced. (Updated from draft: 25/06/2013)

Summary

Background

Immigration officers do not have access to Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) powers. Customs officials currently have access to some PACE powers relating to criminal investigations and the detention of suspects but these powers were provided as a temporary measure through thePolice and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Application to Revenue and Customs Order) 2007, SI 2007/3175.

PACE

Customs officials and immigration officers are made subject to all relevant provisions and safeguards of PACE when conducting criminal investigations or detaining persons in connection with any such investigation. SI 2007/3175, will no longer apply to customs officials.

This Order will ensure customs officials and immigration officers in England and Wales are subject to all relevant provisions and safeguards of PACE when conducting criminal investigations or when detaining persons in connection with any such investigation.