This book presents practical, straightforward advice on public order offences ranging from drunken brawls and football offences to more serious issues such as violent protest and terrorism, helping police officers make decisions under pressure and contain potentially volatile situations.
John Beggs QC was called to the Bar in 1989 and took silk in 2009. He specialises in all aspects of police law and has acted for the police service in numerous public order cases. He represented the Metropolitan Police Service in the House of Lords in Austin (containment) and Laporte (breach of the peace). George Thomas is a barrister specialising in public order litigation. As well as acting as junior counsel in Austin v Commissioner of Police, he has acted in numerous civil claims following other major public order incidents. He has provided tactical advice at command level throughout the country. Susanna Rickard was called to the Bar in 2009 and is a barrister specialising, inter alia, in police law. She advises and represents forces around the UK in civil proceedings. Following from her student days as a very well-behaved activist, public order law is one of her favourite areas. Michael Messinger, former Commander, Metropolitan Police, had responsibility for public order policing, emergency planning, officer safety and uniform counter-terrorism and security. He was also Chair of the London Emergency Services Liaison Panel, responsible for delivering the generic, multi-agency response to major incidents and disasters.
Amy Street, George C. Thomas, John Beggs, Susannah Rickard