3. Receiving a Custody Call

Arrestees have the right to have someone informed of their arrest. This may be a phone call from them directly, or a police officer may make the call on their behalf.

If you get a call from a friend in custody ask them:

  • Are you OK?
  • What station are you at?
  • Have you got a solicitor? If they don’t, then tell them to use the one on the bustcard (you can check the bustcard for their local area here). Do not use the duty solicitor!
  • Remember – No Comment to all police questions – besides name, address, and DOB – except under advice from a good solicitor.
  • Is it OK to share information with GBC?
  • Is there anyone else you want me to contact?
  • Is anyone there with you?
  • Call GBC when you get out!

Keep them talking as long as they want to – you could talk them through their rights, and what might happen next.

Please bear in mind that your call may be being listened to/recorded by the police.

If you speak to a police officer rather than directly to your friend:

  • Are they OK? Do they have any injuries?
  • What station are you at?
  • Do they have a translator/appropriate adult (if applicable)?
  • Do they have a solicitor? If so, which firm?
  • Do they want me to contact anyone else?
  • Are they happy to have information shared with Green and Black Cross?

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.