1   Short title

   2   Appointment of district constables

   3   Regulations

   4   Power of district constables

   5   Subordination of district constables

   6   Powers in case of crimes

   7   Search for stolen property

   8   Neglect or violation of duty. Departmental enquiry

   9   Prosecution before Resident Magistrate

   10   Fines "District Constables Fund"

   11   Oath, badge and baton

   12   Resignation and death of district constable

   13   Unlawful possession of badge, etc and personation of district constable

   14   Legal protection of, and assault on district constables

   15   Roll of district constables

   16   Special district constables

   17   Regular Constabulary duties in cases of emergency

   18   Exemption from payment of tax on horses

   19   Revocation of certificate of exemption




[Date of Commencement: 16th May, 1899]

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.5,FI:0>Cap 70.

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.5,FI:0>Law 9 of 1960.

42 of 1969,
25 of 1977.

1   Short title

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.5,FI:0>   This Act may be cited as the Constables (District) Act.

2   Appointment of district constables

   (1) The Commissioner of Police may, with the sanction of the Governor-General, appoint in any parish, such number of persons as he may think necessary, being householders resident in such parish, to be district constables, whose power and authority under this Act shall extend to all parts of the Island.

   (2) The Commissioner may at any time remove any district constable so appointed and appoint some other resident householder in his place.

   (3) Where, in the opinion of the Commissioner, circumstances so require it, a district constable may be transferred from the parish in which he is appointed to any other parish for such period, not exceeding at any one time two weeks, as the Commissioner may direct.

   (4) The whole body of district constables shall be known as the Rural Police.

3   Regulations

   (1) The Minister may make regulations generally for carrying out the provisions of this Act.

   (2) Regulations made under subsection (1) may, without prejudice to the generality of such power, make provision for-

   (a)   the training, discipline and efficiency of the Rural Police;

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   (b)   the duties of the Rural Police;

   (c)   the rank, precedence and command, inter se, of the members of the Rural Police;

   (d)   the rates of pay of the various ranks of the Rural Police; and

   (e)   the payment of allowances at specified rates to members of the Rural Police in respect of special duties or upon special occasions or in special circumstances as may be prescribed.

4   Power of district constables

   Every district constable shall have throughout the Island all the powers of constables, and shall exercise his office at all times when required to do so by any Justice, or any officer of Constabulary to whom such district constable is by this Act made subordinate, and also, whenever in his judgment the public safety or welfare, or the ends of justice demand it.

5   Subordination of district constables

   Every district constable shall be subject to the orders of the Commissioner of Police and the officers and sub-officers of the Constabulary Force, and the district for which any district constable is appointed, shall be attached to a constabulary station. Any district constable, whether belonging to such district, or temporarily on duty therein, shall be subject to the orders of the sub-officer of Constabulary in charge of such station.

6   Powers in case of crimes

   In the case of any crime occurring in the district, the district constable shall make an enquiry into the circumstances, and shall immediately send notice of the occurrence to the constabulary station to which he is attached, and if he shall suspect that any stolen property is concealed in the house, premises, or land, occupied by any person who has ever been convicted of larceny, or of knowingly receiving stolen goods, he shall have power, without a search warrant, to enter upon and search such house, premises and lands; and if the result of his enquiry or his search, shall be to give him good reason to suspect that any person has committed the crime, or been accessory thereto before or after the fact, he shall have power to take such person to the nearest Justice to be committed, held to bail, or discharged, or to the nearest constabulary station, to be brought before a Justice.

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