It is common practice for the police to arrest those people that they suspect of committing a criminal offence. However, voluntary interviews are now becoming much more common too.
A voluntary interview takes place when the police suspect that a person has committed an offence but, rather than arrest that person, they invite them to the police station to be interviewed.
A voluntary interview will be recorded and will take place under caution. It can be used in future criminal proceedings.
Volunteers have the right to access independent legal advice and are free to leave the police station at anytime, although the police could arrest them if they chose to do so.