Police Engagement and Consultation Law

Section 96 of the Police Act 2006*

Arrangements for obtaining the views of the community on policing.

(1) Arrangements shall be made for each police area for obtaining—

(a) the views of people in that area about matters concerning the policing of the area, and

(b) their co-operation with the police in preventing crime and anti social behaviour in that area, and for obtaining the views of victims of crime in that area about matters concerning the policing of the area.

(1A) Those arrangements must include, in the case of—

(a) a police area listed in Schedule 1, or

(b) the metropolitan police district, arrangements for obtaining, before a police and crime plan is issued under section 5 or 6 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the views of the people in that police area, and the views of the victims of crime in that area, on that plan.

(1B) Those arrangements must include, in the case of a police area listed in Schedule 1, arrangements for obtaining, before the first precept for a financial year is issued by the police and crime commissioner under section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the views of—

(a) the people in that police area, and

(b) the relevant ratepayers' representatives, on the proposals of the police and crime commissioner for expenditure (including capital expenditure) in that financial year.

(1C) Those arrangements must include, in the case of the metropolitan police district, arrangements for obtaining, before the first calculations in relation to the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime are made for a financial year under section 85 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, the views of—

(a) the people in the metropolitan police district, and

(b) the relevant ratepayers' representatives, on the proposals of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime for expenditure (including capital expenditure) in that financial year.

(2) Arrangements under this section are to be made by the local policing body for the police area, after consulting the chief officer of police for that area.

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*As amended by Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 etc