The Police Act 1997 (c. 50)is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament passed on 21 March 1997. Its main purposes are:

Police Act 1997
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to make provision for the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad; to make provision about entry on and interference with property and with wireless telegraphy in the course of the prevention or detection of serious crime; to make provision for the Police Information Technology Organisation; to provide for the issue of certificates about criminal records; to make provision about the administration and organisation of the police; to repeal certain enactments about rehabilitation of offenders; and for connected purposes.
Citation1997 c. 50
Royal assent21 March 1997
Text of statute as originally enacted

The case of R v. Khan (1996), which was heard by the House of Lords,[2] was one on the factors leading to the regulation of police powers embodied in this legislation.[3]

The function of the NCIS was to gather and analyse intelligence data in order to provide insight and intelligence to national police forces. Its role was later taken over by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.[4]

The Criminal Records Bureau, now known as the Disclosure and Barring Service, was established under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and was launched in March 2002.

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  1. ^ UK Legislation, Police Act 1997, Introductory Text, accessed 18 November 2021
  2. ^ United Kingdom House of Lords, Regina v Khan (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)), 2 July 1996, accessed 18 November 2021
  3. ^ Edwin W. Kruisbergen, Deborah de Jong and Edward R. Kleemans, Undercover Policing: Assumptions and Empirical Evidence, British Journal of Criminology, March 2011, Vol. 51, No. 2 p. 398
  4. ^ UK Government, National Criminal Intelligence Service, accessed 18 November 2021