Post Incident Procedures (PIP) are operated where, following contact with the police, someone dies (or is expected to die) or suffers injuries that are life changing or potentially life changing.
If you, as a subscribing member, are involved in these PIP procedures you should immediately call the Staffordshire Police Unison pre-recorded helpline on 01785 235223. This will advise the caller of the name and contact number of the Unison official on call. Please make a note of the details and contact them straight away. If you are asked to attend a PIM suite advise the Unison representative of where it will be located.
You must also contact Unison’s solicitors, Thompsons, who have their own 24 hour PIP legal helpline on 0808 164 9332. The helpline is open 24 hours and is free to call (although some mobile service providers may charge). It is important that you do not please make any statements or handover any personal items before getting legal advice.
Your allocated Unison representative will be able to advise and support you during the whole process until it has concluded. Please be aware the whole process can be timely.
During The Investigation
You will either be regarded as a suspect or a key police witness (you can’t be both). UNISON will ensure that your rights under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) are followed and will work with your force’s Post Incident Manager (PIM) to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your welfare needs are met.
It is very important that we point out that you must not confer with your colleagues, even if they are involved in the same process, regarding the incident as any future accounts or statements you make must be your honestly held belief.
PLEASE NOTE – Staffordshire Police Unison, nor Thompsons Solicitors, are unable to represent non-members.
To access Unison and legal services you must have been a member of UNISON for at least four weeks before the incident happened.