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Risk assessment

Detention and custody

When an officer makes an arrest, they are personally responsible for the risk assessment and welfare of the detained person. This responsibility continues until the suspect is handed over to the custody officer for a decision regarding detention. Risk assessment means assessing the risk and potential risk that each detainee presents to themselves, staff, other […]

Suicide prevention and risk management for perpetrators of child sexual exploitation and indecent images of children (IIOC)

Detention and custody

Suicide prevention and risk management for perpetrators of child sexual exploitation and indecent images of children (IIOC).

Alcohol and drugs

Detention and custody

Individuals who may have consumed alcohol to any extent or have consumed or packed drugs require an increased level of supervision and monitoring if they are held in police custody. Alcohol Where there is evidence of drunkenness, police officers should apply the same process to the custodial process as they would to operational incidents. Custody […]

Control, restraint and searches

Detention and custody

Police officers are frequently required to deal with potentially violent situations and may need to use control and restraint techniques. Principles of using force in custody All police officers and custody staff should be aware of the dangers of positional asphyxia and restraining people experiencing acute behavioural disturbance (ABD), which is a medical emergency. A custody […]

CCTV

Detention and custody

CCTV can be used for both monitoring the welfare of detainees and for preventing and detecting crime. Legal compliance Forces should establish a policy stating the purpose of the CCTV system and declare this in force notifications to the information commissioner. See sections 17 and 18 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). The policy should also specify […]

Custody management and planning

Detention and custody

Legal framework The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and the associated Codes of Practice set out the legislation and standards for dealing with people who come into contact with the police. PACE Codes C and G set out the expectations and powers placed on the police during and throughout a police investigation. They also set […]

Buildings and facilities

Detention and custody

Owing to the specialist and safety-critical nature of police custody facilities, products, materials and specifications used should be tried and tested before being installed in an operational police custody environment. Appropriate design, planning, building and maintenance of police custody suites minimises risk to the safety of detainees, visitors and staff. All new custody suites (and refurbishment […]

Detainee care

Detention and custody

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code of Practice C sets out the statutory framework for custodial care and the rights and entitlements of a detainee in police custody. Management and supervision Forces must establish clear lines of responsibility and accountability for supervising and managing custody staff, custody suites and detainees. Contracts that apply to police […]

Equality and individual needs

Detention and custody

Detainees come from all areas of the community. They each have their own particular needs and vulnerabilities – some are obvious, others less so. It is fair and right that the police service takes all reasonable steps to ensure that these needs and vulnerabilities are identified to help mitigate any risks. Custody staff should be […]

Moving and transporting detainees

Detention and custody

This section provides information on moving detainees: between the scene of an incident/arrest and a police custody suite between police custody and other custody facilities, secure facilities or hospital out and away from custody. It also provides information on vehicle selection and fleet management. Supervision and escort Only police officers and escort officers designated under section 38 (police staff) or section […]