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