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(2) Police officers

| Commentary

(2)     Police officers

It is said that the office of constable dates back to the time of Alfred the Great. Despite the greater size and more regimented organisation of the modern police forces, it remains true that the police officer is an office holder and not an employee. There is a deal of discretion inherent in the office and he or she is not obliged to carry out the orders of the police authority. They must exercise independent judgment and do their duty as they see fit (Fisher v Oldham Corpn [1930] 2 KB 364, McCardie J; A-G

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