Police Act 1996

The Police Act 1996 (c 16) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which defined the current police areas in England and Wales, constituted police authorities for those areas, and set out the relationship between the Home Secretary and the English and Welsh territorial police forces. It replaced the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994, which in turn had replaced the Police Act 1964.

Police Act 1996[1]
Long titleAn Act to consolidate the Police Act 1964, Part IX of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Chapter I of Part I of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 and certain other enactments relating to the police.
Citation1996 c 16
Territorial extent 
Royal assent22 May 1996 (1996-05-22)
Other legislation
Amended by
Status: Partially repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Police Act 1996 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

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