PEEL: police effectiveness 2017 (8925)

Use of bail

We found there is a risk of unintended consequences in the recent changes in bail legislation. The changes could mean victims, in particular vulnerable people, are not well protected enough.
It is important that chief constables have a thorough understanding of how their forces are putting the changes into practice and how well their forces are protecting vulnerable victims. This will help bring potential problems to light early on. The police service can then take action before the problem becomes widespread and entrenched.
We will keep monitoring how effectively forces are using bail in the integrated PEEL assessment in 2018.

Recommendation

By September 2018, all forces should review how they are implementing changes to pre-charge police bail, working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead.

The review should include an assessment of how far vulnerable people are being affected by these changes.
As soon as possible, forces should then put into effect any necessary changes to make sure they are using bail effectively, and in particular that vulnerable victims get the protection that bail conditions can give them.

[on]22nd March 2018 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]10th August 2018 [comment]

Awaiting update from the force re how they are implementing changes to pre-charge police bail, working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead.

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