help the police


help the police
   (with their inquiries)
   British
   to be in custody and presumed guilty of an offence with which you have not been charged
   The purpose of the wording is not to prejudge guilt and so avoid the possibility of a subsequent conviction being quashed or an action for defamation:
    When someone is helping the police with their inquiries it may not be proven that he is a murderer but the suggestion is there. (Sharpe, 1976)
   To assist the police means the same thing, although to help the police in some parts of the globe can mean something quite different:
    'He is helping us with our inquiries.' 'What a pompous name for torture.' (Theroux, 1977)

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