This is a question about ENGLISH police, so it may be different in your country:
December 27, 2009 11:33am CST
I would like to know if a Police Constable can LEGALLY question a person 'under caution', if the PC is not wearing their uniform. I would also like to know what SHOULD happen, if the witness statement and the police report have two different times on them, ie, the witness report says 5pm and the police report says 6pm. Any help at all would be most useful. Thank you.
27 Dec 09
I think that the answer is that a plain clothes police officer can caution, they can certainly arrest. As for the other matter: it's a matter for confirmation from the witness I would think. If they said 5pm and they continue to assert that as a fact then I would have thought that the Police record was an error and should be corrected. I assume that the witness statement was taken before the police report. You may find this site of use: www.askthe.police.uk/default.mth
27 Dec 09
May I suggest that you visit your local library and read a copy of "Butterworth's Police Law". That tome should explain exactly what the position is. Alternatively, you could always ring your local police station or law centre: The Bridge Broadgate Coventry CV1 1NG Telephone: 0247 622 3053