If you are going to have your fictional suspect interviewed in the police station, you will need to know what should be said at the start of the interview.
The Recorded Interview Aide Memoire produced by the College of Policing advises the following:
This interview is being taped recorded and may be given in evidence if your case is brought to trial.
The date is (date) and the time by my watch is (time).
I am (rank and name).
The other police officer(s) present is/are (rank and name).
Please state your full name and date of birth.
Also present is (solicitor, appropriate adult, interpreter).
Do you agree that there are no other persons present? (Yes or no). (Where appropriate adult present) You are not here to act simply as an observer. Your role here is to advise (suspect), facilitate communication and ensure that the interview is conducted fairly.
(To the suspect) Before the start of this interview – I must remind you that you are entitled to free and independent legal advice either in person or by telephone at any stage (regardless of whether or not a solicitor is present). Do you wish to speak to a legal advisor now or have one present during the interview? (If no, ask for reasons.)
At the conclusion of the interview, I will give you a notice explaining what will happen to the tapes (or recording where digital rather than taped) and how you and/or your solicitor can get access to them.
Watch out for the next post that explains what should be said after this introduction or if you can’t wait, you could always seek out the answer using the updated and expanded British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2016, which you can acquire by clicking on the link above or the image below.
Further tips can be garnered from 218 Facts a Writer Needs to Know About the Police.