Legal department

Holding imageThe Legal Services department at force headquarters is a small specialist support department, providing a comprehensive legal service. 

The areas of law the department deals with include:

  • Advice on a wide range of issues affecting the police

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)

  • Children and Public Protection

  • Civil claims against the police (including Employers' Liability, Public Liability and police crashes)

  • Discipline

  • Claims under the Police (Property) Act  1987

  • Employment law advice and employment tribunals

  • Firearms appeals

  • Football Banning Orders

  • Information law and information tribunals

  • Inquests

  • Judicial reviews

  • Licensing

  • Media law and defamation

  • Police appeal tribunals

  • Police conduct

  • Proceeds of crime applications

  • Property

  • Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders, Notification Orders and Foreign Travel Orders.

  • Ensures the force complies with the demands of the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

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