Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.
Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.
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Police officers (including special constables) from England and Wales have the power of arrest throughout England and Wales and also in Scotland, Northern Ireland (subject to certain conditions) and the adjacent United Kingdom waters (sea and other waters within the seaward limits of the territorial sea).
If any cross border arrests/operations are planned, it would be best practice for these to be done in co-operation with the force involved.