I have just finished a two-day course on how to gain entry-using force to Mr Blaggard's house, or as its known by its correct term Method of Entry training, (MOE).
I must say, it was fantastic learning how to use door rams and the enforcer as well as other specialist tools to gain entry “Hollywood” style to a venue. So many types of doors and so many types of locks as well as understanding the need to get in quickly and safely the whole legislation and powers and laws in regard to using said force to gain entry was a great refresher for myself.
For reference the main power of entry is under PACE (Police and criminal evidence act) and it states that
Section 17(1) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 provides that you may enter and search premises for the purpose of:
- Executing a
- Warrant of arrest issued in connection with or arising out of criminal proceedings, for example where an arrest warrant has been issued following the failure of a person to answer a summons
- Commitment warrant
- Section 1 Public Order Act 1936 (Prohibited Uniforms)
- Any enactment in Sections 6 to 8 or 10 Criminal Law Act 1977 (offences of entering or remaining on property)
- Section 4 Public Order Act 1986 (fear of provocation of violence)
- Section 76 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 ( failure to comply with an interim possession order)
- Section 163 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (failure to stop when required to do so by a constable in uniform)
Section 18(1) of PACE provides that you enter and search any premises occupied or controlled by a person who is under arrest for an arrestable offence, if you have reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is evidence on the premises that relates to that offence, or to some other arrestable offence which is connected with or similar to that offence.
There are other powers under the Fire act for entry but I though I would cover the biggie above