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Declaration of incident requiring urgent cross-border assistance

    (1)     The Commissioner may, orally or in writing, declare that an incident requires urgent cross-border assistance.

    (2)     The declaration must specify the period it will be in force, which must not exceed 14 days inclusive of the day it is made.

    (3)     In deciding whether to make a declaration, the Commissioner must have regard to the following matters:

        (a)     the nature, urgency and seriousness of the incident;

        (b)     the adequacy of the resources and capabilities of the Police Force to deal with the incident without the assistance of other jurisdictions;

        (c)     the expertise and assistance that could be expected to be provided by other jurisdictions.

    (4)     The Commissioner must, as soon as practicable (but within 14 days) after making a declaration, forward to the Minister:

        (a)     if the declaration is in writing – a copy of the declaration; or

        (b)     if the declaration was made orally – written confirmation of its making.

    (5)     A failure to comply with subsection (4) does not invalidate the declaration.

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