This section looks at what happens at the police station when the police think you have committed a crime. This section may help you if you, or someone you know, has been arrested.
- You can be taken to the police station because the police arrest you for committing a crime.
- The police can also take you to the police station as a place of safety if they are worried about how you are.
- Everyone who has been arrested has three basic rights. You can get free legal advice, ask the police to let someone know you have been arrested and look at the police Codes of Practice.
- If you are vulnerable, you should have an appropriate adult with you at the police station to help you understand what is going on.
- If you have mental health problems, the police should deal with this sensitively. They should get you an appropriate adult and ask a medical professional to see you. They can try and get you in touch with health services.
- The custody sergeant is responsible for everybody the police keep in the station. They decide if you are vulnerable and are should make sure you are ok.
- The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE, 1984) is the law that explains how the police should behave and treat you if you are arrested.
This section covers:
- Why might I be taken to the police station?
- What are my rights when I am arrested?
- Who might be involved?
- The process of being arrested and held at the police station
- How do the police deal with mental health?
- What might happen after I have been arrested?
- Flowchart of the criminal justice system
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service. Last reviewed in July 2016. Next review July 2019.
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