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1 THE POLICE ACT, 1861

(ACT NO. V OF 1861).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 22nd March, 1861  
  
     2 An Act for the Regulation of Police.
 
Preamble
    WHEREAS it is expedient to re-organize the police and to make it a more efficient instrument for the prevention and detection of crime; It is enacted as follows:-
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
1. Interpretation-clause
2. Constitution of the force
2A.General police districts
2B.Appointing persons to exercise powers of Inspector General
2C.Police establishment in every district deemed to be one police force
2D.Members enrolled or appointed to one general police-district may be employed to other general police-district
3. Superintendence in the Government
4. Inspector-General of Police, etc.
4A. Additional Inspector-General of Police, etc.
5. Powers of Inspector-General Exercise of powers
6. [Repealed]
7. Appointment, dismissal, etc., of inferior officers
8. Certificates to police-officers
Surrender of certificate
9. Police-officer not to resign without leave or two months’ notice
10. Police-officers not to engage in other employment
11. [Repealed]
12. Power of Inspector-General to make rules
13. Additional Police-officers employed at cost of individuals
14. Appointment of additional force in the neighbourhood of railway and other works
14A. Embodiment of Railway Watch and Ward into Police Force
15. Quartering of additional police in disturbed or dangerous districts
15A. Awarding compensation to sufferers from misconduct of inhabitants or person interested in land
16. Recovery of moneys payable under sections 13, 14, 15 and 15A, and disposal of same when recovered
17. Special police-officers
18. Powers of special police-officers
19. Refusal to serve as special police-officers
20. Authority to be exercised by police-officers
21. [Omitted]
22. Police-officers always on duty and may be employed in any part of district
23. Duties of police-officers
24. Police-officers may lay information, etc.
25. Police-officers to take charge of unclaimed property, and be subject to Magistrate’s orders as to disposal
26. Magistrate may detain property and issue proclamation
27. Confiscation of property if no claimant appears
28. Persons refusing to deliver up certificate, etc., on ceasing to be police-officers
29. Penalties for neglect of duty, etc.
30. Regulation of public assemblies and processions, and licensing of same
Music in the streets
30A. Powers with regard to assemblies and processions violating condition of license
31. Police to keep order in public roads, etc.
32. Penalty for disobeying orders issued under last three sections, etc.
33. Saving of control of Magistrate of district
34. Punishment for certain offences on roads, etc. Power of police- officers
Slaughtering cattle, furious riding, etc.
Cruelty to animals
Obstructing passengers.
Exposing goods for sale
Throwing dirt into street
Being found drunk or riotous
Indecent exposure of person
Neglect to protect dangerous places
34A. Prohibition to sell tickets, etc.
35. Jurisdiction
36. Power to prosecute under other law not affected
37. Recovery of penalties and fines imposed by Magistrates
38-41. [Repealed]
42. Limitation of actions
Tender of amends
43. Plea that act was done under warrant
44. Police-officers to keep dairy
45. Government may prescribe form of returns
46. Scope of Act
47. [Omitted]
 
 

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