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When dealing with the police it is important to remember you have rights, but you also have responsibilities.
You can avoid problems if you are sensible and keep calm. If the situation gets out of control, stay calm, remember your rights and get legal advice quickly.
Speaking to the police
When you must give police your details, answering police questions and your rights when being questioned by police.
Fingerprints and body samples
Your rights if the police want to take your fingerprints or take samples from your body for testing, such as saliva or blood.
Identification parades and photos
Your rights if the police want you to take part in an ID parade or to take your photo without your permission.
Complaints about police
How and where to complain if you are unhappy about the way you have been treated by the police.
Being released from police custody
What happens when you are released from police custody, including applying for bail and if you are charged.
Other support for your rights when it comes to police powers
Learn where to get legal help and other support for your rights when it comes to police powers.
Publications and resources
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Reviewed 20 May 2022