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Police Reform Act 2002


Police Reform Act 2002

The Police Reform Act 2002
Long title An Act to make new provision about the supervision, administration, functions and conduct of police forces, police officers and other persons serving with, or carrying out functions in relation to, the police; to amend police powers and to provide for the exercise of police powers by persons who are not police officers; to amend the law relating to anti-social behaviour orders; to amend the law relating to sex offender orders; and for connected purposes.
Chapter 2002 c.30
Territorial extent United Kingdom, but most of the Act only extends to England and Wales
Royal Assent 24 July 2002
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Police Reform Act 2002 (c.30) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Amongst the provisions of the Act are the creation of the role of police community support officer, who have some police powers whilst not being 'sworn in' constables, and the ability for chief constables to confer a more limited range of police powers on other (non-sworn in) individuals as part of Community Safety Accreditation Schemes.

Section 59

Section 59 of the Act is a common tool now used by police constables and police community support officers (PCSOs) to seize vehicles being used in an anti-social manner. Vehicles can be seized if the police officer / PCSO reasonably believes that a mechanically propelled vehicle is being used in a manner:[1]

  • causing, or likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to the public,
  • and:
    • contravening section 3 (careless/inconsiderate driving), or
    • contravening section 34 (prohibition of off-road driving/driving other than a road) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Vehicles should be issued with a warning first, unless this is impracticable.[1] An example of it being impractical would be the offenders leaving the vehicle/making off or the vehicle being unregistered and unable to be traced - therefore a warning unable to be placed. If an officer also believes a warning has been given within the past 12 months, but not recorded on the Police National Computer, they can seize the vehicle immediately.

See also


  1. ^ a b section 59, Police Reform Act 2002

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