1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Agricultural wardens

   4   Composition of agricultural wardens

   5   Subordination of agricultural wardens

   6   Duties and powers of agricultural wardens

   7   Mode of enrolment

   8   Period of service

   9   Swearing in and form of oath

   10   Regulations

   11   Powers of search

   12   Forfeiture of property used for commission of offence

   13   Assaulting, obstructing or threatening an agricultural warden

   14   Disposal of perishable agricultural produce, livestock and fish

   15   Penalty on possession of clothing etc, by persons not agricultural wardens

   16   Penalty on unauthorised use of agricultural warden uniform

   17   Power of Court to order special police supervision

   18   Duties of persons ordered to be placed under special police supervision

   19   Penalty

   20   Actions against agricultural warden to be in tort




[Date of Commencement: 28th February, 1983]

17 of 1982,
12 of 2000.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Praedial Larceny (Prevention) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "agricultural produce" means any article specified in the Schedule to the Unlawful Possession of Property Act and any other article which is the produce of agriculture;

   "agricultural warden" means an agricultural warden appointed under this Act;

   "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Police;

   "constable" means a constable of the Jamaica Constabulary Force constituted under the Constabulary Force Act;

   "fish" includes crab, crayfish, lobster, oyster or turtle,

   "livestock" includes dogs, birds and poultry;

   "Officer" has the meaning given to it in section 2 of the Constabulary Force Act:

   "praedial larceny" means the felony created by section 13 of the Larceny Act;

   "Sub-Officer" has the meaning given to it by section 2 of the Constabulary Force Act.

3   Agricultural wardens

   The Governor-General may appoint such number of persons to be known as agricultural wardens as the Minister may from time to time approve.

4   Agricultural wardens under command of Commissioner

   (1) Agricultural wardens shall be under the command of the Commissioner.

   (2) The Commissioner may, if he thinks fit, assign an agricultural warden to any police station.

5   Subordination of agricultural wardens

   Every agricultural warden shall be subject to the orders of the Officers and Sub-Officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and, when assigned to a police station pursuant to section 4 (2), shall also be subject to the orders of the member of the Force in charge of that police station.

6   Duties and powers of agricultural wardens

   (1) The duties of agricultural wardens under this Act shall be to detect the commission of any offence under this Act or the enactments specified in the First Schedule, to apprehend or summon before a Justice persons found committing any such offence or whom they reasonably suspect of having committed such offence or who may be charged with having committed the offence and to do and perform all duties appertaining to the office of an agricultural warden by virtue of this Act.

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