Know Your Rights

For information on your rights when taking part in a protest, Netpol member Green and Black Cross has extensive information on its website.

Core Messages

The core messages that everyone should remember are:

No Comment

You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.

No Personal Details

You do not have to give them under ANY stop and search power, so don’t.

No Duty Solicitor

Instead use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.

No Cautions

Accepting a caution are an admission of guilt, so don’t.

What Power?

Ask officers what power they are relying on to challenge them to act lawfully.

Stop and search

Both Y-Stop and Green and Black Cross have useful resources on your rights if you are stopped and searched by the police.

Netpol has also published guidance on filming the police during a stop and search.

The law is different if you are stopped and searched on suspicion of engaging in anti-social behaviour.
The core messages that everyone should remember are:

Counter-terrorism stops at ports and airports

In advance of the COP21 summit in Paris in 2015, we published a summary of your rights if you are stopped at a port of entry under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Police raids

Netpol has produced a basic guide to your rights if the police want to search your home or property.

Mobile fingerprinting

A Netpol guide explains your rights if the police take your fingerprints with a mobile device.

Dispersal orders

Netpol’s campaign for the repeal of powers that extend the police’s ability to dispense individuals from an area for up to 48 hours has produced a short guide to your rights if you are threatened with dispersal, particularly during a protest.

Private security

Our briefing for campaigners explains the powers of private security personnel, the difference between security guards and bailiffs or high court enforcement officers and how you can make complaints about misconduct.

Support Netpol

It takes time and energy to defend our right to freely assemble in public without facing the threat of arrest or harassment from the police – and it takes the support of people like you.