Making an arrest

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI:
Making an arrest

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The police play a vital role in safeguarding freedom. Society, for its defence, needs a well-led, well-trained, and well-disciplined force of police whom it can trust. The police, of course, must act properly and must obey the rules of right conduct. But, so long as they act honourably and properly, all honest citizens should support them to the uttermost. When a police constable asks a man to come along with him to the station, that is a lawful arrest. If it is unlawful, the man can bring an action for false imprisonment and claim damages. So it is very important for the constable to know what his powers are. But there are many Statutes which now give a power of arrest: and then it is a question of interpreting the Statutes.

Keywords: police; defence; lawful arrest; false imprisonment; Statutes

Chapter.  2887 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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