The Police Federation's criminal lawyers at Slater and Gordon are recognised nationally as the leading firm for representing police officers who face criminal and/or misconduct allegations.
We provide advice and representation to police officers from police station interview to criminal prosecution and misconduct proceedings across the whole of England and Wales. In the majority of investigations, after our Criminal team have provided advice to the member, no proceedings are brought against them.
In criminal and misconduct cases difficult decisions have to be made in consultation with the member and friend as to whether or not the member should answer questions when interviewed under caution. The decision whether or not to answer questions in interview, or to put forward a written response, is a difficult one and the member is often under pressure to provide an account.
In Criminal & Misconduct matters, the Federation provides cover for members requiring:
- at all stages of criminal or misconduct investigations at no cost to the member provided it arises from or relates to police duty
- in all other misconduct hearings for member facing charges or a friend representing the member
- in any criminal proceedings arising from or relating to police duty at no cost to member (with some conditions)
- in any misconduct hearing (and in appropriate cases appeals to the Police Appeals Tribunal) in which member denies the offence and where the ultimate sanction of dismissal is available
Members should in the first instance seek authority from the Branch Board before contacting us; however in cases of emergency where a member has been arrested access to a lawyer can be obtained outside normal office hours by calling 0800 908 977. This line operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.