A British Act updated with changes that took effect on October 14, 2002. The changes allowed an agent appointed by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to investigate a serious charge leading to a possible arrest to have the same powers as those given to police in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1984. Prior to 2002, such an agent had to apply to a circuit judge for an order to search for and seize evidence possibly leading to the suspect’s arrest in a given jurisdiction.
See Also: Jurisdiction.
Crown Copyright. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Department of Trade and Industry Investigations) Order 2002. [Online, September 18, 2002.] Crown Copyright Website. http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2002/20022326.htm.