The Police

Dealings with the police

Occasionally students are stopped by the police. If this happens:

• You can volunteer to go to a police station, but you cannot be detained for more than 24 hours without being arrested (or 36 hours with authorisation from a senior officer) unless you have been arrested as a suspect in terrorist activity ;
• You do not have to say or write anything, but silence may be held against you in court;
• You can call a solicitor of your choice or see the duty solicitor;
• Free legal aid is available;
• Do not agree to fingerprinting or DNA samples until you have seen a solicitor;
• The police can search you or your vehicle if they have reasonable grounds for suspecting they will find stolen or prohibited articles.

If you want to complain about treatment by the police, this can be done through the Police Complaints Authority. Information is available at DSU Advice Centre.

If you wish to talk to the Police during your time as a student you can speak to the University Liaison Officer, P.C. Rhaine. He can provide advice and information on a wide range of issues; contact the Advice Centre for more information.