What can a “Friend” do?
A Friend can:
- Advise the police officer throughout the proceedings under both the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008 and the Police (Performance) Regulations 2008.
- Where covered under the Federation fund rules and when entitled to have legal representation present within the stages of either Conduct or Performance Interviews the “Friend” can advise on how to gain legal representation and completion of relevant paperwork.
- They can make representations to the appropriate authority concerning any aspect of the proceedings under the Conduct and Performance Regulations.
- They can accompany a police officer to any interview, meeting or hearing, which forms part of any proceedings under the Conduct or Performance Regulations.
What they cannot and will not do is answer questions on the police officers behalf.
It is for the police officer concerned to speak for himself or herself when asked questions.