Section 60 Searches
In emergency situations an Inspector or above can authorise an immediate Section 60 but this decision will be referred to force Gold for ratification within the hour.
Emergency situations are where any delay to the authorisation would present a significant risk to the public and/or police officers. This does not apply to pre-planned public order operations where the decision will rest with the Silver Commander.
South Yorkshire Police operates a trained and accredited Gold Cadre which includes all Assistant Chief Constables and some Chief Superintendents. This role takes strategic command of all firearms operations, public order operations and critical incidents. In line with this, the force Gold Cadre will authorise Section 60 orders where appropriate. Where this is authorised by a Chief Superintendent, the decision will be forwarded to an Assistant Chief Constable for ratification when reasonably practicable (i.e. the next working day).
Where planning allows the authorisation should still be by a minimum of an Assistant Chief Constable.