Police Evidence in Civil Litigation and Certain Criminal Cases Procedure
On occasions, police officers may be approached by solicitors to provide witness statements and/or evidence in civil proceedings or as defence witnesses in criminal proceedings.
Whilst North Yorkshire Police (NYP) does allow officers to do this, it is necessary to ensure that officers follow a strict protocol when in such situations.
This procedure will:
• detail the circumstances in which a police officer is able to give evidence
• set clear guidelines for officers to follow when asked to give evidence
• protect officers from improper/imprudent disclosure of operational material
To ensure operational effectiveness, it is necessary to make certain that information obtained in the line of duty is protected and adherence to this procedure will protect both the officer and NYP.Last modified: August 7, 2019 [application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document]