Can the police face sanctions if it is deemed that they have falsely arrested someone?

The accountability of the police

The police force in the UK and in other countries around the world performs an extremely valuable public service in protecting the citizens of that particular country. The powers to arrest individuals on the grounds that they believe them to have committed an offence are a power which is necessary for the proper functioning of society.

However, this means that this power is potentially open to abuse.

If police officers are deemed to have abused this power of arrest can they be sanctioned by the courts?

It is the case under the laws of England and Wales that any police officer who is deemed to have abused his power of arrest will be able to face court sanction.

What does it mean to abuse power of arrest?

There are certain grounds which  a police officer will have to show as a reason for arrest and this is where the potential for abuse becomes apparent. It is certainly possible for an individual police officer to falsify grounds for arrest in order to ensure that they arrest a specific individual.

Why would a police officer wish to falsify an arrest?

There are many reasons why an individual police officer would falsify an arrest. In some cases the police may know that an individual has been guilty of certain offences but there is not enough evidence to link that individual to the criminal offences.

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  • If the police know that an individual is a criminal and they falsify some evidence, is this such a bad thing?
  • If an individual police officer is found guilty of falsely arresting someone will they face criminal charges?
  • Is this something which is likely to happen?
  • What sanctions did he face?
  • Would it be likely that an individual police officer found guilty of this offence would also lose their job?