Our guides are designed to help support you in dealing with the police.

We are not lawyers. The information in these guides comes from our collective experience in supporting people in protest situations, and is offered in solidarity. It is not formal legal advice, and should not be treated as such.

We are in the process of re-formatting existing guides and writing new ones for this website. Keep checking back to see what is new, and let us know if things don’t work as they should.

Supporting Yourself

» Key Advice when going on a Protest
» Demonstrations and International Students
» What happens if I’m Arrested?
» I’ve been Arrested! What Next?
» Looking after your health on actions
» Should I ignore  Police Bail?
» Stop and Search
» Trauma and Emotional Support

Supporting Others

» My Friend has been Arrested!
» What is a Legal Observer?
» Support for People going to Court
» How to give Police Station Support
» Witness to an Arrest or Police Violence?

Organising an Action

» Planning an Action
» Protesting on Private Property

Protest Laws

» Laws Commonly Used at Protests
» Police Liaison Officers
» Filming and Photographs at Actions

Challenging the Police

» How do I find out what Information the Police hold on me?
» Holding the Police to Account

» Making a Claim Against the Police
» Making a Complaint Against the Police
» What is a Judicial Review?

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.
  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.
  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.
  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.
  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.