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What happens if you get arrested?

What the police must do:

  • identify themselves as the police
  • tell you that you're being arrested
  • tell you what crime they think you've committed
  • explain why it's necessary to arrest you
  • explain to you that you're not free to leave

Will I have to answer any questions?

When you are arrested the police officer arresting you will caution you. The wording of the caution is

"You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court. Anything you say may be given in evidence"

Will I need to be restrained?

The police have a duty to act professionally and may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances. The police are trained in the use of handcuffs; batons and incapacitant spray (this is called PAVA). However any use of such techniques or equipment must also be proportionate and justified.

It is not always necessary to handcuff someone arrested but as soon as the police are satisfied that the handcuffs can be removed, they will be.