Do you have the right to record police?

Yes, you have the right to record the police in the UK, and it is recommended for your personal protection that you do so if you are approached by officers. Recording interactions with law enforcement can provide a clear and unbiased account of events, which can be crucial if any disputes or allegations arise. This right is supported by the principle of transparency in public spaces, particularly surrounding interactions with public officials, where individuals are allowed to document what they can see and hear.

If a police officer attempts to stop you from recording, they could potentially be held liable for assault or interference with your property, as preventing someone from using their recording device without lawful reason could constitute an interference with goods as well as assault.

When recording the police, you should do so in a manner that does not obstruct or interfere with their duties. Holding your device discreetly and making it clear that you are recording for documentation purposes can help maintain a cooperative atmosphere.

If you do not have a device to hand, when you are approached by the police, you should ask them to turn on their body worn video for your protection as well as theirs. Should the officer do anything that would facilitate the need for you to make a complaint against them, then both parties will have the necessary evidence to support their version of events.