On this page: This page outlines what you can expect before a police interview.

What happens before a police interview

The police start with a caution. A caution is something the police read out to you. It is important to pay attention, understand your rights,  and ask questions if you don’t understand anything they say.

Remember the police must read this before any interview. The caution must also include this statement:

– I must inform you that you do not have to say or do anything but anything you say or do may be given in evidence.

– Do you understand that? 

– I must also inform you of the following rights. 

– You may communicate with or attempt to communicate with a friend or a relative to inform that person of your whereabouts. 

– You may communicate with or attempt to communicate with a 
legal practitioner. 


Remember these rights are to protect you, but if you are not 
sure always or need support contact VALS.

You can also ask to talk with a family member or friend. You can do this straight after the police officer cautions you. You do not need to wait.

If you do not understand the police caution or your rights when the police explains them ask them to explain them again or in more detail.

VALS is here to help. Call VALS on 1800 064 865