Act 85 (Powers of Arrest)
1. All officers in the Austenasian Police have the power to place residents of the
Empire under arrest, if they are suspected of committing or planning a crime
or if it is likely that they are about to do so.
2. Officers also have the power to issue cautions, warnings that repetition of an
action will result in arrest.
3. If a person is placed under arrest, they must not physically resist. They are
allowed to verbally defend themselves as long as they do not verbally abuse or
insult the police officer.
4. Resisting arrest is a crime.
5. If a person is placed under arrest, they have the right to be informed of what
crime they are being arrested for, and to contact no more than two people via
telephone, e-mail etc.
6. Harming a police officer while he/she is on duty is a crime, the crime of
assaulting a police officer.
7. If a foreign national is arrested, then they may not be punished by an
Austenasian town council, or by Parliament. Instead they will be immediately
removed from the Empire.
8. If a resident of the Empire is arrested, then they will be taken to the police
station of that town, where they will give fingerprint samples and their address
and ordered to appear either before either the Town Council or Parliament to
be tried (see Act 29, Laws 7 and 8). If the next Town Council/Parliament
meeting will be in less than 36 hours, if the arrested person cannot be trusted
to appear before the Town Council or Parliament, or if more evidence is
needed to successfully prosecute the criminal which could be got through
questioning, then they may be kept under guard at the police station for up to
24 hours, if authorised by a police sergeant, or up to 36 hours, if authorised by
that police force’s Inspector.
9. Arrested residents may be kept at a police station for up to 96 hours if so
authorised by the Chief Inspector or the Baron of that Town, 120 hours if so
authorised by the Home Secretary, 168 hours if so authorised by the Prime
Minister, or one week and two days if so authorised by His Imperial Majesty
10. Police officers may not harm those that they are arresting unless absolutely
necessary, that is, the arrested are physically resisting arrest or are about to
attack the officer or any bystanders.