Our Rights Vs the Police??? Watch
General question, but I was just wondering if there are any key rights we as the public should know when handling the police. Like do we have to give our name? Does the police officer have to give his/her's badge number when we request it? It would be nice to know
Citizens Advice also give a detailed summary of their powers: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/la...police-powers/
Some common misconceptions seem to be based on differences between US and UK laws. In the UK, police have a lot more legal power to enter buildings without warrants. They also don't need a reason to pull somebody over while they're driving. Those seem like frequently misunderstood powers.
If you think that something that happened to you was illegal, try to get some evidence of what happened and contact the IPCC and the inspector at whichever station the officers claimed to be from. Fighting over it in the street isn't likely to get you as good a result.
A good rule for dealing with the police is probably to remember that they are often very pressed for time. They don't want to spend all day on a single minor offence, they've probably got other crimes to investigate too. If you can give them the info they need to discount you (and quickly) then they'll often be out of your hair before too long.
Never admit to a crime. It's not up to the police to decide if you're guilty and they won't go easy on you for admitting it. Juries decide guilt, judges decide punishment.. the police just try to get prosecutions. Even if you are guilty never admit to it until you've spoken to a lawyer.
If the police ever ask you how fast you were going, the answer is always at or below the speed limit. 31 in a 30 is still breaking the law, don't be the idiot who tries "oh just a few mph over the limit" line and instantly incriminates themselves.
Lastly - don't break the law to begin with
You are entitled to free legal representation in this country.
It worries me that you are giving legal advice yet didn't know this.
There is no need to lawyer up every time the police ask you a question.
Something that people might not know, though, is that they can always ask to be searched by an officer of the same gender, unless the delay could be dangerous (ie, if they're accused of having a weapon that they might be about to use).