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u Subscribe Now person_outline VANCOUVER Revive port police to fight organized crime on the waterfront, Delta chief says By Jen St. DenisStar Vancouver Wed., Sept. 11, 2019timer4 min. read VANCOUVER—In 1997, the federal government eliminated the Ports Canada Police, and 18 years later, Vancouver’s port authority stopped funding a waterfront policing program. Once the port authority pulled out, the number of officers solely devoted to policing ports in the Vancouver area fell from 13 to nine — and today, the number is zero, said Neil Dubord, chief of police for Delta, B.C. For Dubord, responsible for policing a Vancouver-area municipality that is also home to Canada’s biggest container port, that’s created an alarming policing gap in an area where organized crime is known to flourish. https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/09/11/revive-port-police-to-fight-organized-crime-on-the-waterfront-delta-chief-says.html
Radman + posted a topic in Miscellaneous ForcesWhilst going over the Portland Port Police website I ended up making my way through to another piece of legislation that I had never heard of. It is completely separate to the standard "Special Constables" most Port/Harbour Police are sworn in under, that being the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847. This legislation was approved by Parliament in 2008 and makes direct mention to the Police Act of 1996 and the establishment of a "Police Force." The legislation in question is in regards to the "London Gateway Port" Site in Essex and allows for "The Harbour Authority" (otherwise known as "The Company") to apply directly to a Magistrates to have Police Constables appointed in law. The Legislation is the snappily titled: "The London Gateway Port Harbour Empowerment Order 2008" What makes this piece of legislation so interesting to me atleast is that it is to my knowledge the most modern piece of law that allows for the establishment of a non-HO police force/appointment of none HO constables DIRECTLY by a totally private company... Most other pieces of legislation enabling constable attestation are usually well over a 100+ years old with exception of the various London Parks Police who are sworn in under the even snappier titled "Article 18 of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Provisional Order Confirmation (Greater London Parks and Open Spaces) Act 1967." The London Gateway Port Harbour Empowerment Order 2008 51.—(1) On application by the Harbour Authority a justice of the peace may appoint persons to be constables and a person so appointed shall, on appointment, be attested as a constable in accordance with section 29 of the Police Act 1996(1). (2) A justice of the peace may dismiss any constable appointed under paragraph (1) from his office and upon such dismissal all powers, protections and privileges vested in such a constable shall cease. (3) A constable appointed under paragraph (1) may act as such within the area of jurisdiction and, subject to paragraph (5), whilst he is so acting he shall have all the powers and privileges of a constable. (4) A constable appointed under paragraph (1) shall have powers of arrest within the area of jurisdiction and, where he pursues a person from the area of jurisdiction, shall have the same powers of arrest in respect of the person outside the area of jurisdiction as he would have within that area. (5) Except in so far as it would otherwise conflict with his duties as a constable, the powers conferred on a constable appointed under this article are exercisable subject to paragraph 18 of Schedule 8 and for the purposes of that paragraph a constable shall be deemed to be an officer of the Harbour Authority. My only question is why did they bother with this section when most other Port Police operate perfectly fine under the old but useful Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847? On paper it seems to offer no extra powers in law and limits the constables power to the actual property rather than the extra 1 mile radius stipulated in the 1847 act. Still this is interesting in that parliament was willing to pass modern legislation in 2008 that allows a for profit company to employ and operate it's very own police force - no such force has been sworn in under this act yet but this power is oddly enough specifically mentioned on the Ports own Wiki page... Thought it'd be interesting for any legislation buffs out there or folk interested in private police in general given to age of the statute.