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The Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005 (c.15) (often abbreviated to SOCPA) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom aimed primarily at creating the Serious Organised Crime Agency, it also significantly extended and simplified the powers of arrest of a constable and introduced restrictions on protests in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster. It was introduced into the House of Commons on 24 November 2004 and was passed by Parliament and given Royal Assent on 7 April 2005.<ref>Introductory text, Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005</ref>

Measures to introduce a specific offence of "incitement to religious hatred" were included in early drafts of the Act, but then dropped so the bill would pass before the UK general election, 2005. The offence has since been created as the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.


Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 sections
Intro  Extent of application  Changes to powers of arrest (England and Wales)  Protests near Parliament  Harassment  See also  References  External links  

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The Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005 (c.15) (often abbreviated to SOCPA) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom aimed primarily at creating the Serious Organised Crime Agency, it also significantly extended and simplified the powers of arrest of a constable and introduced restrictions on protests in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster. It was introduced into the House of Commons on 24 November 2004 and was passed by Parliament and given Royal Assent on 7 April 2005.<ref>Introductory text, Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005</ref>

Measures to introduce a specific offence of "incitement to religious hatred" were included in early drafts of the Act, but then dropped so the bill would pass before the UK general election, 2005. The offence has since been created as the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.


Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 sections
Intro  Extent of application  Changes to powers of arrest (England and Wales)  Protests near Parliament  Harassment  See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Extent of application
<<>>