The Police have a Duty to Protect the Public, but what about Protecting Me? An article written by Charlotte Crocombe
The Police have a Duty to Protect the Public, but what about Protecting Me?
Charlotte Crocombe, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square
01 February 2022
In Tindall v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police  EWCA Civ 25 the Court of Appeal issued guidance on the limited circumstances in which the police (and public authorities generally) assume a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect individuals from harm.
This guidance confirms that the police assume a duty in relation to 1) positive actions taken by the police that cause harm or 2) cases whereby the police assume responsibility over the situtation or the claimant themselves. If neither of these conditions can be evidenced, it is highly unlikely that a duty can be said to have been assumed.
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