[(1) If an officer of at least the rank of inspector authorises it, a person who is detained in a police station may be searched or examined, or both—
(a) for the purpose of ascertaining whether he has any mark that would tend to identify him as a person involved in the commission of an offence; or
(b) for the purpose of facilitating the ascertainment of his identity.
(2) An officer may only give an authorisation under subsection (1) for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection if—
(a) the appropriate consent to a search or examination that would reveal whether the mark in question exists has been withheld; or
(b) it is not practicable to obtain such consent.
(3) An officer may only give an authorisation under subsection (1) in a case in which subsection (2) does not apply if—
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