The commanding officer1 has a central role in the investigation of service offences2, subject to the duty to refer certain incidents to a service police force3, which, if there is sufficient evidence to charge certain serious offences, is under a duty to refer the matter to the Director of Service Prosecutions4. Additionally the service police are under a duty to notify the commanding officer of any case they refer to the Director5.
In carrying out their investigations, service police forces are subject to duties in relation to the detention and questioning of suspects, the carrying out of identification procedures and
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