Activist Rights

Keeping Arrest Records

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If you have been arrested, or have been witnessed an arrest, it is very important to keep a personal and detailed record of what happened.

This could be written or a voice recording. Your record should include:

  • the date and time the incident happened;
  • where it happened;
  • what you saw; and
  • any names or badge numbers of police.

If you have been injured, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Ask the doctor to make a record of your injuries and what happened.

Take photos of your injuries.

If someone else takes photos of your injuries, you may need to call them as witnesses. Make sure you have their contact details.

You should also get the names and contact details of any other witnesses to the incident. You can also get the details of people who saw you immediately before and after the incident.

Do not notify the police that you have made these records.

In Victoria, you are allowed to take photos and film anyone in public, including the police.

You should also keep any documents from the police or the court about your arrest and legal matter. 

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