The Initial Contact by the Police.
When the police are investigating an allegation, they will often contact a suspect on the telephone if they haven’t arrested them already and invite them to the Police Station for ‘a chat’, often saying things like ‘we need to hear your side of the story’ or ‘I’m neutral in this, and I’m just trying to see what has happened’.
Investigating offers are sometimes trained to use methods like this to put a suspect off his or her guard so that he or she feels relaxed and cooperates in full with the police on their terms, often incriminating himself or herself in the process.
It is very important that any communication you ever have with a police officer takes place either through a lawyer or in the presence of a lawyer.
Even things that you say on the phone to a police officer can in some cases be used in court against you.
Sometimes a police officer will not even explain that coming into the station ‘for a chat’ can mean being formally interviewed or arrested.