6. Meeting arrestees on their release

For some people, police custody may have been fine, for others it might have been traumatic. You need to deal with whatever situation arises and provide appropriate support.

To many people, being arrested is a really big deal. They might be very excited or upset and want to talk about it. Bring your listening skills with you, and some nourishment!

Offer people the following wherever possible:

  • Phone access for them to call friends and/or relatives, LDMG or GBC.
  • Food, drinks and warmer clothing wherever possible.
  • Make sure they have a place to stay and a way to get there / money.
  • Smiles, congratulations, hugs, cigarettes, chocolates and their bus fare home.

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.