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Police: Overseas Workers

Home Department written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on deploying UK police forces to provide assistance to countries where the death penalty remains in place.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

All requests to provide police assistance overseas are carefully considered and include an assessment, where the death penalty applies, of the risk that it may be enforced as a consequence of the assistance provided. In cases where the risk of the death penalty being imposed are significant, assurances are sought that a person found guilty would not face the death penalty before the assistance is agreed. The Home Secretary would decide, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not to authorise assistance under the provisions of section 26 of the Police Act 1996.

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