Joint inspection of police custody facilities

The UK has an obligation to ensure regular and independent inspection of all places of detention, under the scrutiny requirements of the UN Optional Protocol against Torture. To meet this requirement HMIC and HM Inspectorate of Prisons have established a programme of inspections of custody conditions in all police forces and London Borough commands.

At an average of 12 inspections per year, the programme is expected to take five to six years to deliver. Each year will be a mix of announced and unannounced inspections – with individual reports for each inspection and periodic thematic reports (those covering a particular subject or theme across more than one force) on emerging trends or findings of particular importance. The inspections look not only at the implementation of statutory requirements, but also at the conditions of detention and the treatment of detainees.

The welfare of vulnerable people in police custody

In January 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to carry out an inspection on the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody. Follow the link above to download the report, and for more information on the commission and the expert reference group set up to advise HMIC and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons on this joint inspection.

Related documents

Memorandum of Understanding between HM Inspectorates of Prisons and Constabulary and The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – January 2015

Memorandum of Understanding on the Joint Inspection of Police Custody Conditions in England and Wales – Updated December 2011

Expectations for Police Custody: Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for detainees in police custody – Updated April 2016

Where good practice is found on an inspection it is highlighted in the individual report, however in order to make these examples more easily accessible they have been collected together in this summary of good practice. This document will be regularly updated with new examples. The document was last updated in November 2013.

Force reports

For inspection reports and their related press releases, please choose from the list below.

2016

Dorset– Joint inspection of police custody – July 2016

Greater Manchester – Joint inspection of police custody – July 2016

Met Detention South – Joint inspection of police custody – April 2016

North Yorkshire – Joint inspection of police custody – March 2016

Lincolnshire – Joint inspection of police custody – February 2016

2015

Hertfordshire – Joint inspection of police custody – November 2015

Cumbria – Joint inspection of police custody – September 2015

Gloucestershire – Joint inspection of police custody – August 2015

Border Force – Joint inspection of police custody – July 2015

Surrey – Joint inspection of police custody – June 2015

Cleveland – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2015

Warwickshire and West Mercia – Joint inspection of police custody – May 2015

North Wales – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2015

Leicestershire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – March 2015

Kent – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2015

2014

Durham – Joint inspection of police custody suites – December 2014

South Yorkshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – December 2014

Bedfordshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – October 2014

British Transport Police – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2014

Northumbria – Joint inspection of police custody suites – July 2014

Islington – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2014

Southwark – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2014

Newham – Joint inspection of police custody suites – April 2014

Thames Valley – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2014

Camden – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2014

Barnet – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2014

Devon and Cornwall – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2014

Barking and Dagenham – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2014

Havering – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2014

2013

Dyfed-Powys – Joint inspection of police custody suites – October 2013

Derbyshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2013

Cheshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2013

Nottinghamshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2013

Westminster – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2013

Essex – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2013

Hampshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2013

Border Force customs – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2013

Haringey – Joint inspection of police custody suites – April 2013

Merseyside – Joint inspection of police custody suites – March 2013

Gwent – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2013

2012

Avon and Somerset – Joint inspection of police custody suites – December 2012

City of London – Joint inspection of police custody suites – November 2012

Staffordshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2012

Lewisham – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2012

Bromley – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2012

Greater Manchester – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2012

Norfolk and Suffolk – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2012

Waltham Forest – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2012

Redbridge – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2012

Humberside – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2012

South Wales – Joint inspection of police custody suites – March 2012

Tower Hamlets – Joint inspection of police custody suites – March 2012

Northamptonshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2012

Heathrow – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2012

Hounslow – Joint inspection of police custody suites – February 2012

Northumbria – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2012

Nottinghamshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2012

2011

Hammersmith and Fulham – Joint inspection of police custody suites – November 2011

Lancashire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2011

Cleveland – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2011

Cambridgeshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2011

West Yorkshire revisit – Joint inspection of police custody suites – July 2011

Sussex – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2011

Sutton – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2011

Croydon – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2011

Lincolnshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2011

Kent – Joint inspection of police custody suites – April 2011

West Midlands – Joint inspection of police custody suites – March 2011

North Wales – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2011

Avon and Somerset – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2011

2010

Harrow – Joint inspection of police custody suites – November 2010

South Yorkshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – November 2010

Bedfordshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – November 2010

Brent – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2010

Greenwich – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2010

Kensington and Chelsea – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2010

Bexley – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2010

Kingston upon Thames – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2010

Merton – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2010

Surrey – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2010

North Yorkshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2010

Wandsworth – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2010

Hackney – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2010

2009

Cumbria – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2009

Wiltshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – September 2009

Leicestershire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – August 2009

Tower Hamlets – Joint inspection of police custody suites – July 2009

Ealing – Joint inspection of police custody suites – July 2009

Durham – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2009

Lambeth – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2009

Enfield – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2009

Hertfordshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – January 2009

2008

Cambridgeshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – November 2008

West Yorkshire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – October 2008

Gloucestershire – Joint inspection of police custody suites – July 2008

Hillingdon – Joint inspection of police custody suites – June 2008

Islington – Joint inspection of police custody suites – May 2008

Southwark – Joint inspection of police custody suites – April 2008