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Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

5.1 HISTORY

If there was one statutory provision which perhaps passed initially almost unnoticed by Environmental Health Officers but was to become central to much of their enforcement activity it was the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE). This Act introduced legislation having as its aim the regulation of the way in which persons, suspected of a criminal offence, were detained and questioned by the police and others. The Act was a response to a number of concerns regarding this area of activity and was intended to provide protection both for those subject to investigation and for those carrying out that investigation. It would of course be wrong to think that this area had gone ...

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