On Arrest

  • Stay calm.
  • Tell someone so you can be located later at the police station.
  • You have the right to know why you are being arrested, so ask!
  • Note the number(s) of your arresting officer(s), if possible.

At the Police Station

  • You have the right to consult a solicitor of your choice, free of charge.
  • We strongly advise you to answer ‘NO COMMENT’ to all police questions, don’t write or sign any statement written by the police or sign any police notebook, until you have taken legal advice.
  • The only information you have to give the police after arrest (but not before!) is a verifiable name and address. You don’t have to give a date of birth, but it may delay your release if you don’t.
  • You may be searched on arrival.
  • If you want to see a doctor or need medication tell the police.
  • They can take fingerprints, saliva/hair samples and your photograph, without your consent, only after you have been charged. They can use ‘reasonable force’ to take fingerprints and a saliva/hair sample, but they can never use force to take your photograph.
  • You may be asked personal questions, you don’t have to answer.
  • Please authorise the police and your solicitor to reveal information about your detention and welfare to legal support.
  • When you are released tell legal support.

If you witness an arrest

  • Write down the name, where they were arrested and any other relevant information and let legal support know. If you are injured or witness an injury

If you are injured by the police/security

  • Let legal support know so they can arrange for an independent doctor to examine and photograph the injuries.