Legal News & Articles

Use of Force in Relation to Mental ill Health and Capacity

25 March 2020

Front line officers regularly come into contact with persons suffering from mental health problems. In such circumstances, officers have an obligation to assess whether a particular individual poses a threat to themselves or the public, and where appropriate, take intervening action to rectify any threat.  Often, this results in officers using physical intervention tactics, equating to use of force.

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020

28 February 2020

The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 came in force on the 26th February 2020, having been introduced to ensure that terrorist offenders are not automatically released, without prior approval from the parole board.

Legal Article: Stalking Protection Orders

25 February 2020

The Stalking Protection Act 2019 came in force on 20th January 2020, permitting new civil Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) to be made without the need for criminal proceedings to have commenced. These orders were introduced to fill a gap within the existing protective measures, allowing early police safeguarding and pre-conviction intervention.