Changes to police bail across England and Wales will come into force on Monday, 3 April 2017.
Under the new legislation, which was given Royal Assent in January, the powers to release on bail have changed.
What do I need to know?
1. Initial bail for 28 days authorised by an inspector2. An extension to the initial bail period, to three calendar months from the bail start date, authorised by a superintendent3. A further three calendar month's extension, authorised by an assistant chief constable or commander, for exceptionally complex cases. Further clarity on this can be found in the College's online training. NOTE: All other extensions to the bail period beyond this point will have to be authorised by a Magistrates' Court.
David Tucker, Crime Lead at the College of Policing, said: "The new legislation is a significant change for policing and has sought to strike a balance between the need for police to manage investigations and not leaving a person suspected of a crime on bail for an unacceptably long period.
"Last year we contributed evidence around a study carried out by the College as part of the extensive national debate around this complex issue.
"We recognise this is a major change for policing and we are supporting our members by providing high quality training materials to help them continue to manage investigations to bring criminals to justice and protect the public."
NOTE: If you did the training before 21 March 2017 please note there have been changes. Since the publication of the College's briefing materials on 31 January 2017, the Home Office has revised its interpretation of two provisions within the Act.
We have therefore amended this material to provide the most current interpretation of the law and you can log back in to view these.
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To assist forces the College has also set up a discussion called 'Pre-charge bail implementation' which can be accessed through the Police Online Knowledge Area (POLKA) and appears in the 'custody' community. The College of Policing will monitor this discussion to offer assistance and is encouraging others to contribute with practical responses. Overall look at the Policing and Crime Act 2017
It includes provisions which the Home Office states will:
This Home Office circular summarises the provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 that come into effect on Monday, 3 April 2017.