Do you sometimes wonder if something is legal or not, or what to do in relation to an incident? I just found a very useful searchable Police National Legal Database (by area), for the UK only, when I was trying to find out info for a friend whose wing mirror got clipped by some b*^%&*# who tailgated my friend first, overtook in a single lane, but didn't stop, not even to see if his own car had been damaged. (The answer: report it to police in 24 hours if there was damage. It was only a scratch/chip so my friend isn't going to bother even though my friend took down his registration number and noted the time and place, as it's unlikely they'd prosecute anyway.)
I'm blogging about the PNLD because as well as generally useful information like:
- what if someone breaks into your home
- what's citizen's arrest
- people trying to "buy" votes
- criminal records checks, etc
- what's a subject access request (and the Police National Computer)
- tips on buying goods over the Net (including a link to the official Rip-Off Tip-Off site to report dodgy websites)
- internet or mobile phone text SMS scams, phishing
- the legal position if you find someone's put a photo of you online without permission (not hugely helpful here, but I guess it depends on the individual situation)
- reporting hate sites.
You can also view queries by category (e.g. internet, data protection), and even ask a new question if yours hasn't been answered. I imagine all new answers will then be added to their database, judging by some of the ones I've seen which seem to overlap a little or are shall we say "interesting", like Who can play Father Christmas at a school or local fete! I've not tested how quickly it takes them to answer a question, but I plan to.
A niggle: they don't tell people that they can sue spammers, in their tips on stopping spam - and surely they should at least point out that it's a criminal offence in the UK to send spam?
Cynical me didn't think I'd say this of a UK official body's online service - but really, whoever did it and is answering questions on it: good job!
(Just to repeat - it's only on the position in the UK, not the USA etc.)