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The Police and Your Civil Rights

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 5 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Civil Rights Police Legal Suspect

Awareness is one of the best deterrents when it comes to the police and avoiding the abuse of your civil rights. Making it known to the police that you are aware of your rights should make them more cautious when it comes to your rights.

The Police and your Rights

The police do have the right to exercise certain powers when it comes to dealing with suspects but these powers must be exercised responsibly. On the whole the police will act responsibly but there have been many cases of the police abusing the rights of suspects. The police are not above the law and there can be legal consequences if citizen’s rights are abused. The police can be sued, disciplined or even prosecuted if they infringe or abuse the rights of members of the public.

Citizen’s Rights

When confronted with the police many people will unknowingly waive a number of their civil rights. This is usually due to the fact that a great number of people are simply not aware of their basic civil rights. It may also be the case that when confronted with the police many people will simply do as the police ask. For some people the police are often imposing and even intimidating figures of power. The police represent the government but the government also acts for its citizens, and there is legal protection in place when it comes to citizen’s rights.

Know your Rights

It will be beneficial to be aware of your rights when it comes to dealing with the police, regardless of the situation. The police are less likely to break any of your civil rights if you make them aware that you do actually know what your rights are. For instance you can refuse to answer any police questions until you have taken legal advice. A number of people will simply waive this right as soon as they are questioned. If a member of the public has not been cautioned by the police then they are under no obligation to answer any police questions.

Co-operating with the Police

It will always be the best policy to co-operate with the police when they initially question you. If they ask for personal details such as your name and address then these should be given. If the police have stopped you with the intention of proceeding with a search then you do have the right to know the reason for the search. The police cannot search a member of the public without reasonable suspicion. If the police cannot give a valid reason then they should not continue with any search. Reasonable suspicion is not necessary if the suspect is in a designated stop and search area.

Codes of Practice

The powers and rights of the police are laid out in various codes of practice. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and the codes of practice contain all of the rights and powers of the police. The Pace act covers the rights of the police and the suspect when it comes to issues such as stop and search, and arresting, interviewing and detaining suspects. Any breach of these codes or the suspect’s rights can mean legal consequences for the police.

Enforcing your Rights

If your feel your civil rights have been infringed or abused by the police in any way there are a number of options open to you. Complaints against the police can be made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). You can also make a complaint directly through your local police station. If your grievance is serious enough you can sue the police but this option should not be considered without taking expert legal advice.

Human and civil rights are in place to guarantee protection from abuse and any breach or infringement of these rights is a very serious matter. The police are not above the law and they can face the same legal consequences as any other member of the public if they do abuse the civil rights of any citizen. Read further for more information about what happens if you are detained by the police.

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2plain clothes officers came to my home but I wasn't in. My 16 yr old daughter spoke to them. They asked where I was,who she was in house with,what her fathers name was+ifvi used to live at previous address. They asked for my number+phoned it while they were there. Told her I knew what they wanted. They never identified themselves+left no contact details or a card. Very intimidating to a young girl stood in her dressing gown. Why would plain clothes rather than uniform come out?
srar - 5-Jan-17 @ 7:15 AM
Police keep knocking without a warrant wanting to search my house looking for my son's friend. Have not seen this friend in a few years. My son is in the army now. I tell them this and they say they will keep knocking mob handed. They say they have information that he's coming in and out this address. He's never been to my address! Told them to look at the cctv outside my house to check. I can't sleep or relax. I will not let them just come in to check it's a damn cheek.
Sa - 31-Dec-16 @ 6:22 AM
VexatiousVi - Your Question:
I wish to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption involving two high profile publicly elected officials, my local council, high ranking police personnel, and a law firm. I have much evidence collated and although I have attempted to contact each individual already I have been ignored and/or dismissed as vexatious or harassed and threatened by police officers who do not seem to exist on any official it's I can find. My human and civil rights have been breached as well as my confidentiality. I believe my online data may also have been accessed. I have requested assistance from various organisations who have all promised to help me, only to withdraw their offer inexplicably within a day or so. I am frightened, and I have become isolated - something which has been aided by the aforementioned officials - and I fear further retribution. I have been denied assistance that I am legally entitled to, defrauded out of legal aid funding, and denied the right to complain without prejudice or discrimination. I do not know where to go for help, who to trust, or who I can confide in without judgement or retribution. Any advice would be welcome and gratefully received. Thank you.

Our Response:
If you can't afford legal help you could try Citizen's Advice. You could also make representations directly to:
Local Government Ombudsman - about the council
Independent Police Complaints Commission - about the police
Solicitors Regulation Authority - about the solicitor
CivilRightsMovement - 6-Dec-16 @ 10:24 AM
I wish to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption involving two high profile publicly elected officials, my local council, high ranking police personnel, and a law firm. I have much evidence collated and although I have attempted to contact each individual already I have been ignored and/or dismissed as vexatious or harassed and threatened by police officers who do not seem to exist on any official it's I can find. My human and civil rights have been breached as well as my confidentiality. I believe my online data may also have been accessed. I have requested assistance from various organisations who have all promised to help me, only to withdraw their offer inexplicably within a day or so. I am frightened, and I have become isolated - something which has been aided by the aforementioned officials - and I fear further retribution. I have been denied assistance that I am legally entitled to, defrauded out of legal aid funding, and denied the right to complain without prejudice or discrimination. I do not know where to go for help, who to trust, or who I can confide in without judgement or retribution. Any advice would be welcome and gratefully received. Thank you.
VexatiousVi - 3-Dec-16 @ 1:09 PM
I wish to blow the whistle on fraud and corruption involving two high profile publicly elected officials, my local council, high ranking police personnel, and a law firm. I have much evidence collated and although I have attempted to contact each individual already I have been ignored and/or dismissed as vexatious or harassed and threatened by police officers who do not seem to exist on any official it's I can find. My human and civil rights have been breached as well as my confidentiality. I believe my online data may also have been accessed. I have requested assistance from various organisations who have all promised to help me, only to withdraw their offer inexplicably within a day or so. I am frightened, and I have become isolated - something which has been aided by the aforementioned officials - and I fear further retribution. I have been denied assistance that I am legally entitled to, defrauded out of legal aid funding, and denied the right to complain without prejudice or discrimination. I do not know where to go for help, who to trust, or who I can confide in without judgement or retribution. Any advice would be welcome and gratefully received. Thank you.
VexatiousVi - 3-Dec-16 @ 8:32 AM
A raid took place at my home, police did not shout before they started breaking my door in. Once inside one female officer took me into the back room and twice ripped open my dressing gown. I wasn't wearing anything underneath. Threatsand shouting me & my son are going to prison !!! I was taken to police station where I told them I suffer from ptsd and was totally ignored. No charges were brought for me & I am now homeless and my ptsd is at a dangerous level where I am struggling with suicidal thoughts. Police were called a few years previously when I was found after a serious suicide attempt. Can they do this? I had fingerprints & swabs taken & entered on to the police database even though I was very against this. They took possessions which were not returned when released without charge or bail conditions. This wrecked my job, I couldn't afford to fix door for 10 days and was an emotional wreck. I am suicidal and don't know how to cope. When an armed robbery took place at some previous address which became the reason for the ptsd in the first place. The cid turned up & the first thing they asked was am I working? Yes I was. Then they came to the conclusion it was an insurance job!!! I wasn't insured. Great crime solving abilities hey?What can I do?
Dee - 25-Nov-16 @ 10:31 AM
On a journey to work on quiet roads last weekend I and a couple of other cars over took.I in turn over took 3 cars in a 17 mile journey in legal overtaking places (broken white lines), there are no speed cameras and no way of proving what speed any cars were travelling that mornin. Two of the cars I over took turned out to be (and at least one of them is confirmed ), off duty police. The first one didn't take umbrage however the second guy did. After I over took he drove dangerously close to my bumper flashing his lights constantly until after about 0.3-0.5 mile further down road I felt forced to pull over to avoid an incident. At this point he pulled up behind me and started berating my driving. Showed me a badge(with no picture), said he and his colleague are off duty (his 'colleague'also pulled up behind me) Asked for my licence which he then took a photo of on his own phone and then took a photo of the rear of my car told me he'd speak to me later and allowed me on my way.this took a couple of mins. Later I started having doubts, as the nature of his driving seemed aggressive so I phoned 101 to see if it had been logged. It hadn't. By 4pm west mercia phoned me back and told me they suspected it was crime related and to come in to make a statement and to not answer my door to anyone. Well at 10.30pm approx the guy who confronted me in the morning banged on my door(he was alone), now dressed as an officer so I phoned 999 in a panic and he confirmed his collar no. And Was a p.c.He said many things to me in my kitchen I didn't agree with, cautioned me and charged me with inconsiderate/careless driving 'upto' a certain speed which be had previously said was higher. Having a fine points etc isn't what's keeping me awake at night. It's his conduct on the roads. The fact he didnt do any road side checks on my vehicle. No breathalyse test it calling an on duty officer (it was 7.20am) and after implying I'm a danger allowed me on my way within minutes. He Attended my property alone and I have a clean record.
Savvy - 24-Nov-16 @ 11:02 AM
Police officer came to the garage i work and said he wanted access the CCTV. I explained to him that i have to check with my senior first if they can go to office as we are not allowed to without either the disclosure or any other official request. He didnt like me saying "please let me talk to my senior first" and said he doesnt need any documentation and didnt want to hear "no". He said he gives me one minute and will enter the property. I felt intimidated and was scared. Felt terribly disrespected as my team saw this happening. Do they have a right to access cctv like that???
Yyib54 - 17-Nov-16 @ 10:48 PM
Can an officer that is leading an investigation take the witness out of the investigation room by themselves and have a private conversation?
12dw - 14-Nov-16 @ 5:05 PM
Once i have been with my friends..while the police officer has been taking my brothers details, he said "are yous the ones i have been at your house..." he tried to went on telling why but i over talked him with a "yes,yes,yes,yes,yes..." Until he got the hint and didn't say more. He said that in front of all my friends, is he allowed to do that? Is that not confidential information?
Kk210922 - 8-Nov-16 @ 4:30 PM
Laurie- Your Question:
My uncle is a police detective. My parents threat that they can see all my messages as he can get access to them and they claim to have done this to my sisters phone. Is this possible? Can they really just see my Facebook messages and my other social media messages because of their connections? Surely this isn't legal?

Our Response:
No it wouldn't be legal. They can only do this if they have reason to believe you have committed a crime.
CivilRightsMovement - 1-Nov-16 @ 10:28 AM
My uncle is a police detective. My parents threat that they can see all my messages as he can get access to them and they claim to have done this to my sisters phone. Is this possible? Can they really just see my Facebook messages and my other social media messages because of their connections? Surely this isn't legal?
Laurie - 30-Oct-16 @ 10:56 AM
Hi, I was stopped by the police and asked for my name, date of birth and address. I voluntarily gave them this information. After a short discussion, I was warned about my behaviour but it was decided that I hadn't committed any offence. Do the police have the right to retain my personal details on their files? I wasn't arrested or cautioned.
Pevsner - 2-Oct-16 @ 6:10 PM
Hi there just a bit of advice please, after leaving a football match with my daughter who was in my arms and is 21month old(who attends the football regularly with me) I shouted towards our team manager with a few swear words with no violence or aggression shown, along with many other disgruntled football fans of my team, suddenly 2 female police officer approached me quickly and one put her hands on my chest and pushed me towards a car where my path was blocked. I asked her to take her hands off me but she continued to push me. She stated in her opinion as a father I was in the wrong and asked for my details and my daughters of which I refused my daughters details, she continued with her colleague to threaten me with action( of which I pointed they had no right as I had committed no crime and was not breaking the law. To say the least it was pretty intimidating and thankfully my daughter was not fazed by it all nor by my shout.Q1) is she because she is a police officer entitled to physical push me with no lawful reasoning? Q2) is she as a police officer able to pass judgment on me as a father.Thanks for any advice. For the matter I gave my name but not my daughters and 15 mins later after a police check was clear I left more disgruntled with the police force than my football team. No action taken" just some friendly advice by the police force" but heavy handed I felt. I just want to know if police offers have the right to push citizens without a cause?
Dufc - 18-Sep-16 @ 10:45 PM
flower - Your Question:
Not long ago, my mothers boyfriend and I had a fight over a stupid tv remote. I mean he's the adult here. I wanted to at what films were on as he was watching the football. He turns to the remote as I go to pick it up and he snatches it, mind you I still have my hand on it. We end up fighting over the remote. Mother tried to intervene and stop it but couldn't. I was scared that he was going to go for me so I grabbed his jumper. He told me to get off, I didn't as was scared. So he grabs hold of my arm and twists it right the way round. Then puts my arm right back onto my back. I then end up face down on the sofa. He then verbally shouts and swears at me. He really scared me. He shouldn't of assaulted me like that. I'm a child he's the adult. I need help what to do. Shall I tell the police and get them to have a chat with him do he never does this again. He has anger issues. Should I say something or nothing ??

Our Response:
Definitely say something! You don't deserve to be treated like this. You could try calling childline for some advice on 0800 1111.
CivilRightsMovement - 13-Sep-16 @ 12:08 PM
I was coming home through immigration (I have been a UK Passport holder since birth) when, after being cleared at the immigration desk,I was stopped by a female Police Officer (she was standing by a lectern which said Police Scotland, so I assume she was Police rather than immigration). I was subjected to extremely intrusive questioning: name, address, date of birth, employment, employer, employers address, where I'd been, for how long, the Hotel names where I'd stayed, purpose of my visit, who did I know there, etc. I was given no reason for being questioned and (this is what seriously annoyed me) a record was made in a notebook. I asked what would happen to the notes she had made and her response was she was obliged to note who's she'd stopped. I repeated that wasn't my question - what would become of the notes she had made. She blanked me and told me to go. They then telephoned or radioed Customs officers and got them to stop me and search every inch of my luggage. I know this because I got quite annoyed when stopped again and said I'd just been grilled for 10 min utes by the police and one of the Customs officers said "We know". Of course nothing untoward was found and after 45 mins I was able to leave. My concern is not so much around their right to stop people - my concern is what happens to those notes? I have not been arrested, detained, cautioned, or charged - so what right do the Police have to retain that record. Frankly if they do not have a resonable suspicion that i have done something (which I havent) why should they be able to keep notes on my movements? Your advice appreciated
Harry - 11-Sep-16 @ 6:01 PM
Not long ago, my mothers boyfriend and I had a fight over a stupid tv remote. I mean he's the adult here. I wanted to at what films were on as he was watching the football. He turns to the remote as I go to pick it up and he snatches it, mind you I still have my hand on it. We end up fighting over the remote. Mother tried to intervene and stop it but couldn't. I was scared that he was going to go for me so I grabbed his jumper. He told me to get off, I didn't as was scared. So he grabs hold of my arm and twists it right the way round. Then puts my arm right back onto my back. I then end up face down on the sofa. He then verbally shouts and swears at me. He really scared me. He shouldn't of assaulted me like that. I'm a child he's the adult. I need help what to do. Shall I tell the police and get them to have a chat with him do he never does this again. He has anger issues. Should I say something or nothing ??
flower - 11-Sep-16 @ 5:49 PM
Fred - Your Question:
Last november reported to the police at my local police station that my child had been sexually sbused by mp partner. I told them all the facts of how this person had groomed me to trust them to look after my child. How my child had begun to have serious anxiety and this school attendance dropped sharply. I told then I had sought help from doctors social services and schools and how my child had been referred to a paediatrician. How this person had sexualised my child, how I had found child pornography on an electronic device which belonged solely to my partner and how this person had let my child use this device as a treat. I told them how my partner had failed to report my child absence to school over and over again when in their care. They had often taken my child on business trips when they were supposed to be looking after my child c was I was at work. My partner had fabricated a story that my other child had made violent threats to him to try and get him removed from the home in order to gain unrestricted access to my child alone. My child medical history is totally consistent with symptoms of child sexual abuse. At the time of the report there were recent incidents when my partner had taken my child on long trips and failed to return long into the night. I was told there was not enough evidence to arrest my partner. Not enough evidence to take away his electronic devices or mobile phones or search his promises. Even though I told them I had found out he has been banned elsewhere for breaking child protection policy. I was told by a detective inspector if he were to present my story to a judge that judge would think I was just a crazed ex out for revenge. The reports the police made say I couldn't be sure if I had seen child pornography. But I told the DI that was not true. I was 100% certain and was able to describe the room and videos e taken, the man and the child. He said could I have mistaken it fit an adult. I told him no, it was a girl of no more than 7 and she was terrified.They are totally refusing to investigate.I have told them off the disturbing behaviour I had reported in my partner grandchildren and how when I wanted to talk to their mother he convinced my not to as she would see it as interfering.How there was an identical pattern in my partner's last relationship and how my partner had even boasted that he had given sex education to chidren in a youth group.The police refused to look into my child medical history and refused to ask for a report from his play therapists. I have complained to the independent police commissioner and they have still totally v refused to investigate anything. That can I do?Can I get a copy of the phone call I made via 101 recently in which the DI refused against all reason to investigate.Where can I raise my complaint at a higher level?

Our Response:
If the IPCC were not willing to investigate, you may need to seek legal advice - you could at least get a court order to prevent contact with your child, which should be your ultimate aim.Contact social services again as well.
CivilRightsMovement - 7-Sep-16 @ 11:00 AM
Last november reported to the police at my local police station that my child had been sexually sbused by mp partner. I told them all the facts of how this person had groomed me to trust them to look after my child. How my child had begun to have serious anxiety and this school attendance dropped sharply. I told then I had sought help from doctors social services and schools and how my child had been referred to a paediatrician. How this person had sexualised my child, how I had found child pornography on an electronic device which belonged solely to my partner and how this person had let my child use this device as a treat. I told them how my partner had failed to report my child absence to school over and over again when in their care. They had often taken my child on business trips when they were supposed to be looking after my child c was I was at work. My partner had fabricated a story that my other child had made violent threats to him to try and get him removed from the home in order to gain unrestricted access to my child alone. My child medical history is totally consistent with symptoms of child sexual abuse. At the time of the report there were recent incidents when my partner had taken my child on long trips and failed to return long into the night. I was told there was not enough evidence to arrest my partner. Not enough evidence to take away his electronic devices or mobile phones or search his promises. Even though I told them I had found out he has been banned elsewhere for breaking child protection policy. I was told by a detective inspector if he were to present my story to a judge that judge would think I was just a crazed ex out forrevenge. The reports the police made say I couldn't be sure if I had seen child pornography. But I told the DI that was not true. I was 100% certain and was able to describe the room and videos e taken, the man and the child. He said could I have mistaken it fit an adult. I told him no, it was a girl of no more than 7 and she was terrified. They are totally refusing to investigate. I have told them off the disturbing behaviour I had reported in my partner grandchildren and how when I wanted to talk to their mother he convinced my not to as she would see it as interfering. How there was an identical pattern in my partner's last relationship and how my partner had even boasted that he had given sex education to chidren in a youth group. The policerefused to look into my child medical history and refused to ask for a report from his play therapists. I have complained to the independent police commissioner and they have still totally v refused to investigate anything. That can I do? Can I get a copy of the phone call i made via 101 recently in which the DI refused against all reason to investigate. Where can I raise my complaint at a higher level?
Fred - 6-Sep-16 @ 8:19 AM
Recently I purchased a bundle of e cigs off gumtree I spoke to the individual for a few hours every thing checked out seemed legit I'm in the forces he understood I couldn't travel that distance because of work I then paid him via bank transfer he gave me his bank details name address The package never turned up all contact was then cut off its been two weeks nothing turned up but took it upon my self to travel seven hours located him after knocking around on doors in a small village when I found him rang the police and explained the situation and had all evidence with me Proof of purchase Bank tranfer Name bank details His word that he would send it Everything to prove that he has scammed me and isn't willing to give me te money back or to give me the goods he has the goods I checked with the local vape shop he has confirmed that he has purchased them The police say it's a civil matter surely it comes under theft scam or some thing along them line I've done half the job for them tracking him down the suspect said he sent it asked for proof of receipt then he said he didn't have it and that's good enough for the police it's discusting they would rather help him out moving me on than trying to get justice
Smudgey93 - 23-Jul-16 @ 5:10 PM
Recently I purchased a bundle of e cigs off gumtree I spoke to the individual for a few hours every thing checked out seemed legit I'm in the forces he understood I couldn't travel that distance because of work I then paid him via bank transfer he gave me his bank details name address The package never turned up all contact was then cut off its been two weeks nothing turned up but took it upon my self to travel seven hours located him after knocking around on doors in a small village when I found him rang the police and explained the situation and had all evidence with me Proof of purchase Bank tranfer Name bank details His word that he would send it Everything to prove that he has scammed me and isn't willing to give me te money back or to give me the goods he has the goods I checked with the local vape shop he has confirmed that he has purchased them The police say it's a civil matter surely it comes under theft scam or some thing along them line I've done half the job for them tracking him down the suspect said he sent it asked for proof of receipt then he said he didn't have it and that's good enough for the police it's discusting they would rather help him out moving me on than trying to get justice
Smudgey93 - 23-Jul-16 @ 4:53 PM
Recently I purchased a bundle of e cigs off gumtree I spoke to the individual for a few hours every thing checked out seemed legit I'm in the forces he understood I couldn't travel that distance because of work I then paid him via bank transfer he gave me his bank details name address The package never turned up all contact was then cut off its been two weeks nothing turned up but took it upon my self to travel seven hours located him after knocking around on doors in a small village when I found him rang the police and explained the situation and had all evidence with me Proof of purchase Bank tranfer Name bank details His word that he would send it Everything to prove that he has scammed me and isn't willing to give me te money back or to give me the goods he has the goods I checked with the local vape shop he has confirmed that he has purchased them The police say it's a civil matter surely it comes under theft scam or some thing along them line I've done half the job for them tracking him down the suspect said he sent it asked for proof of receipt then he said he didn't have it and that's good enough for the police it's discusting they would rather help him out moving me on than trying to get justice
Smudgey93 - 23-Jul-16 @ 4:41 PM
Recently I purchased a bundle of e cigs off gumtree I spoke to the individual for a few hours every thing checked out seemed legit I'm in the forces he understood I couldn't travel that distance because of work I then paid him via bank transfer he gave me his bank details name address The package never turned up all contact was then cut off its been two weeks nothing turned up but took it upon my self to travel seven hours located him after knocking around on doors in a small village when I found him rang the police and explained the situation and had all evidence with me Proof of purchase Bank tranfer Name bank details His word that he would send it Everything to prove that he has scammed me and isn't willing to give me te money back or to give me the goods he has the goods I checked with the local vape shop he has confirmed that he has purchased them The police say it's a civil matter surely it comes under theft scam or some thing along them line I've done half the job for them tracking him down the suspect said he sent it asked for proof of receipt then he said he didn't have it and that's good enough for the police it's discusting they would rather help him out moving me on than trying to get justice
Smudgey93 - 23-Jul-16 @ 4:36 PM
Recently I purchased a bundle of e cigs off gumtree I spoke to the individual for a few hours every thing checked out seemed legit I'm in the forces he understood I couldn't travel that distance because of work I then paid him via bank transfer he gave me his bank details name address The package never turned up all contact was then cut off its been two weeks nothing turned up but took it upon my self to travel seven hours located him after knocking around on doors in a small village when I found him rang the police and explained the situation and had all evidence with me Proof of purchase Bank tranfer Name bank details His word that he would send it Everything to prove that he has scammed me and isn't willing to give me te money back or to give me the goods he has the goods I checked with the local vape shop he has confirmed that he has purchased them The police say it's a civil matter surely it comes under theft scam or some thing along them line I've done half the job for them tracking him down the suspect said he sent it asked for proof of receipt then he said he didn't have it and that's good enough for the police it's discusting they would rather help him out moving me on than trying to get justice
Smudgey93 - 23-Jul-16 @ 4:33 PM
Stevef - Your Question:
I was working with a friend up untill 3 months ago in a small cleaning business. I found out that he did a job behind my back and we consequently parted company.He purchased some equipment for £900 which he made back 6 times and worked only weekends. He has reported me to the police for "stealing " the equipment as I wouldn't take it to his house because of his abusive and threatening behaviour. The police called me demanding I take it to him or I will be arrested , I am now having to take it to the police station this week after abruptly being told by the WPC or I will be arrested if I don't. Any help or advise would be appreciated

Our Response:
If it's not your equipment, then you should take it to the police station as requested.
CivilRightsMovement - 19-Jul-16 @ 2:30 PM
About 6 weeks ago two police officers arrived at my door in central Scotland. They had been called by the local NHS mental health team as they were concerned for my wellbeing and safety. I had missed several appointments and hadn't answered the door to my CPN on two occasions. I suffer a major depressive disorder, but this was the first occasion that it escalated to this level; it was extremely frightening. I was in the middle of taking a shower when they came. I cannot remember the interaction well at all because I was in an incapacitated mental state, very foggy and unable to follow words or ideas. I do however have vague recollections of being asked more than just my name. A male officer wrote things down in his notebook and I now feel very uncomfortable and uneasy as to what kind of questions he was asking me. I feel I didn't have the capacity to consent to his questioning at that time and wasn't capable of utilising the civil rights I am very well versed in(I have had negative interactions with police when younger, never charged once, and in a professional capacity gained the opportunity to learn about the law). So thanks for bearing with my essay! Can I go to my local police station and request these notes? What are my rights? Is it possible any of my rights have been broken? This has been bothering me since (now getting much better) and I'd like to pursue it now I have the capability again. Many kind thanks.
Asferafo - 18-Jul-16 @ 7:56 PM
I was working with a friend up untill 3 months ago in a small cleaning business . I found out that he did a job behind my back and we consequently parted company .He purchased some equipment for £900 which he made back 6 times and worked only weekends . He has reported me to the police for "stealing " the equipment as I wouldn't take it to his house because of his abusive and threatening behaviour . The police called me demanding I take it to him or I will be arrested , I am now having to take it to the police station this week after abruptly being told by the WPC or I will be arrested if I don't . Any help or advise would be appreciated
Stevef - 18-Jul-16 @ 12:04 PM
Hello Ive recently been questioned on aparebt viollent behaviour to a person that never happened two of the people are friends and have qriten statements but im wprried as my statement surely wont stand up as it wa sonly me there on my side so i have no one to back my evidence up. How is it possible to foght my side as right?
william - 15-Jul-16 @ 7:56 AM
My brother was recently detained in a cell for 2 days. The reason given was that he had breached the conditions of his bail. However, my brother was not on bail at the time he hadalready been charged and sentenced for a previous crime ( which is under appeal.) When the police officer was told this he said 'we can discuss that at the station,' took my brother from his home and locked him up for 2 days. Surely this is not allowed?
Ks - 15-Jul-16 @ 7:01 AM
Macca123 - Your Question:
My friend recently received a late night knock at the door from the next door neighbour, who happens to be a police officer. This individual had come to complain about a family member of my friend, who was smoking marijuana in the back garden. The smell was apparently floating in through their back door. They then showed my friend their police badge and said for my friend to do something about it. As a neighbour, I think this officer had a right to complain, but did they break any rules by showing their badge while off duty? Thanks for your help.

Our Response:
A police officer can make an arrest and give advice when off duty. The warrant card is simply to identify them as police. In the circumstances, you're lucky the police officer did not call on his colleagues to take more action.
CivilRightsMovement - 12-Jul-16 @ 12:21 PM
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