Police Contact Incidents
Police Contact Incidents -
you may be a Key Police Witness
If you are involved in,or witness to, an incident where someone dies or is seriously injured, you may be classed as a Key Police Witness and need, and are entitled to Legal, Medical and/or Federation advice BEFORE you give ANY type of response or account.
Should you be involved in any of the following incidents, or are unsure of anything when asked for an account, reserve your position and immediately contact the FOM/Control Room, who will contact the on-call Federation Representative for you.
Remember - Protect Yourself - seek advice before you say anything.
- Fatal or Serious Injury RTCs
- Suicides or death following police contact or following release from Custody
- Deaths in Police Custody
- Firearms Incidents resulting in death, serious injury or negligent discharge
- IOPC/PSD Investigations
- Allegations around the use of force
Do not be pressured into giving an account - it's not easy saying no to someone of higher rank or the IOPC - but just say that you will be "reserving your position until you have sought legal and/or Federation advice".