How to give Police Station Support

Being arrested and held in police custody is unpleasant. This guide will assist you with supporting arrestees once they leave the police station, and will help us to continue supporting them during a police investigation.

Being arrested and held in police custody is unpleasant, and people often appreciate being met by a friendly face when they are released from custody. If people have been arrested – be they friends of yours, people from your demo or people you have read about and support – consider going to meet them from the police station to offer support. The information you record outside the police station will help us support the arrestee, and can make the difference between a conviction and an aquittal.

This is a guide for doing good police station support. It’s best to read in advance of heading to a police station, but do take a copy of it with you.

  1. Your role
  2. What to take with you
  3. What we will need to support you
  4. What to do at the police station
  5. Liaising with the solicitor(s)
  6. Meeting arrestees on their release
  7. Collecting information for ongoing support
  8. Once everyone is released

Before heading to a police station, check in with the GBC back office to see where cover is needed.

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.