Over the school holidays WA Police appear to have received additional budget to get out on the streets and apprehend person of interest (suspects) in potential criminal proceedings.
We have been inundated by telephone calls from individuals about to undergo a suspect interview at a police station wanting legal advice. When we get the call the first step is to ensure that the caller is free to speak. Police are often in the room while the caller is receiving legal advice. Hence, we make sure that the caller is alone.
Our standard advice to callers is that except for proving a name, date of birth and address, the caller is to answer all questions with “No comment.” Answering police questions very often helps the police fill in any gaps in the investigation. So, maintain you right to silence and remain silent.