Police (Assistance from Public)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West 12:00 am, 19th November 1964

Under common law it is the duty of members of the public to help a constable in preventing or dealing with a breach of the peace when called upon to do so. The support of the public is at all times essential to the police, and quite apart from possible breaches of the peace, the public can help the police in a very practical way by reporting anything suspicious and by taking precautions to safeguard their own property.