The Legal Services department at force headquarters is a small specialist support department, providing a comprehensive legal service.
The areas of law the department deals with include:
Advice on a wide range of issues affecting the police
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)
Children and Public Protection
Civil claims against the police (including Employers' Liability, Public Liability and police crashes)
Claims under the Police (Property) Act 1987
Employment law advice and employment tribunals
Football Banning Orders
Information law and information tribunals
Media law and defamation
Police appeal tribunals
Proceeds of crime applications
Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders, Notification Orders and Foreign Travel Orders.
Ensures the force complies with the demands of the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000.