Expectations for police custody: for consultation

Published on: 23 December 2021

Publication types: Consultations

Police Forces: All local forces in England and Wales

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and HM Inspectorate of Prisons are reviewing and updating their Expectations for police custody.

We are consulting across the sector to obtain the views of our stakeholders on the refreshed Expectations and to inform any further amendments or changes that might be needed.

The Expectations were last updated in 2018.

This version of the Expectations addresses changes to the PACE Codes of Guidance – in particular PACE Code C for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons detained – and any changes made by College of Policing Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on Detention and Custody.

The proposed Expectations also reflect concerns raised by those with an interest in police custody, or where recommendations have been made to improve standards. We remain focused in our Expectations on achieving better outcomes for detainees.

The main changes reflect:

  • Dame Angiolini’s independent review of deaths and serious incidents in police custody – in particular, recommendations about the care of detainees under the influence of alcohol, drugs and/or substances;
  • concerns raised by the Independent Custody Visitors Association (ICVA) about the needs of menstruating women and girls in police custody (which led to changes to the PACE code C); and
  • revisions to reflect changes in professional health care requirements and practices.

We have also taken the opportunity to clarify wording, remove duplication, and re-order some of the sections and indicators.

Get the current Expectations

Expectations for police custody: Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for detainees in police custody

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Expectations for police custody: Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for detainees in police custody (PDF) (PDF document, 406 kB)

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Expectations for police custody: Criteria for assessing the treatment of and conditions for detainees in police custody

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