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  1. XA84

    Custody Kit

    Hi guys, I'm wondering for those of you that have previously done a custody type role whether there is any kit that you would possibly recommend? Thanks in advance. XA84
  2. Hello ladies & gents - time for another one of my "Not quite law, but procedure" threads! This is mainly aimed at Met officers, but I'm interested to hear from the county mounties as well, as it will benefit the whole organistation So, you may or may not be aware of the rising hostility towards IO's on the streets of London recently: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4014426/labours-john-mcdonnell-glorified-violence-against-immigration-officials-with-sick-tweet/ (sorry for the link to the horrible rag, but it's the only one I have). In a nutshell, we're having to deal with more and more public order issues. The problem is, IO's generally "tactically retreat" from such incidents and Senior Management in Immigration Enforcement have been encouraging officers to utilise powers (obstruct / assault Immigration... and BoP) in an effort to tackle these individuals. Now, other than myself, no one I'm aware of has arrested for BoP (which happened outside our nick) and many officers are fearful of using such powers because no one has really "set the precedent" with what happens next - our organisation is about 150 years behind you lot! My aforementioned BoP arrest resulted in MD officers turning up and eventually releasing the DP - the breach had passed and it was the right result. However, I want to look at a theoretical incident where that's not really possible. So, one for you to consider: Questions - what happens next: - Should the IO's transport the DP to police custody or call for a Constable to attend the scene? - Would a custody PS be receptive to a BoP detainee... or would they laugh us out the nick? - If we do end up in custody and the custody PS is happy to accept the DP, what is the likelihood that someone will be taken to the Mags, for the purposes of binding over? Is BoP something that is pursued nowadays? - If custody isn't an option and / or police are uninterested in the case, what should we do? Drive the DP to another location, await the breach to pass and de-arrest? As ever, your comments are really appreciated - it helps us to ensure we're following correct procedure and it helps the organisation to grow!
  3. peeceeplod

    Kings Heath Station

    Hi All, Does anyone know what facilities Kings Heath nick has? Is it a response base, or just custody etc...! Any information much appreciated. I'm a serving special, and don't live too far from there, but currently serving in West Mercia. cheers
  4. Sir Penguin

    Custody

    I was wondering if anyone had any useful tips for putting suspects through custody? This is always something I seem to struggle with and my mind usually goes completely blank!
  5. The number of ambulances called out to police custody suites in London more than doubled, from 2,374 to 5,018, in the past four years, a rise that critics say exposes the shortage of nurses to assess and treat detainees. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/01/met-police-shortage-nurses-ambulance-call-outs
  6. Four hundred people killed themselves shortly after being released from police custody in England and Wales in the last seven years, a report says. The Equality and Human Rights Commission blamed many of these suicides on "serious gaps" in the care of detained people. Christina Barnes, the EHRC's policy head, called on the NHS to share mental health records with the police. The government said suicides were down but that each death was a "failure". The commission examined data from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) from April 2009 to the end of March 2016. 'Preventable' deaths "There's a lack of accountability and responsibility for these individuals," Ms Barnes told BBC One's Breakfast programme. She said people were "being released without any sort of care or support around them" because police were unaware whether a person had mental health difficulties. Half of those who committed suicide had known mental health issues but were not given support that "could have helped prevented their deaths", she said. "We'd like to see basic pieces of information from the NHS being shared with police so they can be made aware of existing conditions," Ms Barnes said. Durham's Chief Constable, Michael Barton, said that the police had changed its approach to post-custody care but that the deaths were "unacceptably high". Speaking on Breakfast, he said "everybody who is released is now released on a care plan" and that he is "really optimistic" numbers will continue to fall. 'Social exclusion' The report shows there were 400 "apparent suicides" of people who had been detained at police stations during the seven-year period to March 2016. Almost all of the "hidden deaths" included in the statistics occurred within 48 hours of release from custody, although a small number, which happened outside that timeframe, were also among the total. Of those who died, 128 (32%) had been arrested over allegations of sexual abuse. The commission said: "Sexual offences, especially in relation to children, are particularly taboo and lead many offenders to feel high levels of shame and experience high levels of social exclusion." A further 83 people (21%) who had been investigated over crimes of violence took their own lives; 44 (11%) had faced breach of the peace or criminal damage allegations, and 38 (10%) had been in custody on suspicion of driving offences. Image captionThe EHRC's Christina Barnes said police officers have "limited access" to mental health records The underlying trend over the seven years was upwards, although the number of deaths last year - 60 - was the lowest it had been since 2011/12. The Home Office highlighted the fact that there were 10 fewer deaths than in the previous year - down from 70 in 2014/15 - but said it was not "complacent" and had launched an independent review to identify "areas for improvement." A spokeswoman added: "Every death in or following police custody represents a failure and has the potential to dramatically undermine the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. "Over recent years police forces have worked closely with NHS England to improve the quality and provision of custody health services and build better local partnerships. In 2014, Michael Parkes, from Daventry, Northamptonshire, hanged himself a couple of days after being questioned by police on suspicion of sexual offences. Mr Parkes had been caught by an internet "paedophile hunter" having arranged to meet someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl. A separate case, highlighted in the EHRC report, concerned a young person who had been caught in possession of cannabis while on a family holiday. He killed himself after being later wrongly issued with a further summons at his home address. The Home Office said it would "consider all of the findings in detail when the report is published." But the commission called on ministers to set up an "inter-agency summit" to tackle the issue. David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: "When the state detains people, it also has a very high level of responsibility to ensure they are safely rehabilitated back into their communities, particularly those who may be vulnerable. "Our report reveals a fractured state of post-detention care that is potentially leading to hundreds of deaths." The commission said all apparent suicides within two days of release should be referred to the IPCC. As a "minimum requirement" it said custody health care staff should have "prompt access" to NHS records. Its report also looked at cases of prisoners who had died within 28 days after being released. However, these statistics were thought to be less reliable than the police data, showing 66 non-natural deaths over five years, most of which were from a drug overdose. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38266191 Is it a good idea to give the police access to this basic information from the NHS, or is it to much on top of all their other responsibilities? Should the NHS have a presence in every custody block instead, or perhaps at least a couple per force, maybe in a control room?
  7. Chief Cheetah

    Child, eight, held overnight in cell

    Child, eight, held overnight in cell 1 hour ago From the sectionEngland Image captionCriminal justice campaigners say authorities are breaching statutory duties by detaining under 18s More than 22,000 children, including an eight-year-old, were held overnight in cells in 2014-15, police figures show. The 22,792 under-18s included one who was held for 15 days. Criminal justice experts said authorities were breaching their statutory duties by detaining under 18s overnight in adult cells. But police said there was a "lack of alternative accommodation", while local authorities said they faced difficulties in finding emergency care. Image copyrightJust for Kids Image captionBarrister Jennifer Twite said being held overnight in a cell could have a "terrible impact" on children The figures, which the BBC obtained through Freedom of Information requests to England's 39 forces, showed that while the number of children detained overnight had fallen, from 41,789 in 2011-12, experts believed it was still too high. Gloucestershire Police said the youngest child it held in a cell was eight years old. The law states that, once charged, anyone under 18 should be bailed to their home or transferred to local authority accommodation unless it is impracticable, or the child needs secure accommodation and it is not available. "In my eight years of representing children, I have never once known a child to be transferred to overnight accommodation," said Jennifer Twite, a barrister with Just For Kids, a charity that campaigns on behalf of children in the justice system. "The number of children held overnight is shocking and unacceptable. "Local authorities are under a legal duty to provide overnight accommodation for these children, many of whom are acutely vulnerable and in great distress." 22,792 Children were held overnight in police custody in 2014/2015, forces said 8 The age of the youngest child held 380 hours The longest period a child was held Most forces were unable to provide information about how many under-18s were successfully transferred to council accommodation but in one force - Merseyside - just three out of 73 children were transferred in June and July 2015. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which independently assesses police forces said custody staff at some forces - including Bedfordshire - had "never known secure accommodation to be made available for children... and had stopped requesting this facility". HMIC said: "No police force is doing enough to work with local authorities to get secure accommodation." Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: "The police know cells are not a nursery or a school. "They are not an appropriate place for children to be. "Police stations are noisy and full of adults - some of whom are drunk and dangerous. "The cells are often subterranean and really unpleasant places." Jamie's story Image copyrightGetty Images Image captionKaren says being held in a cell would have been "very distressing" for her 15-year-old son Karen's son, 15-year-old Jamie (not his real name), was taken into police custody at about 22:00 on Sunday, following an incident involving a knife at the family home in Cornwall. Jamie, who has Asperger's syndrome, spent the night in a cell. The family said they and the police asked Cornwall County Council to provide emergency accommodation but were told it was not the council's responsibility. "I can only imagine the noise and the sounds which would have been very distressing for him," Karen said. "We feel really upset. I have no doubt in my mind he will have received excellent care from the police but it's hardly ideal." Karen said the family had struggled with Jamie's behaviour for many years. He was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of 11. "There have been several severe, violent outbursts," she said. She added: "It's not just down to the police to look after vulnerable children. "I have no faith in social care - they are overwhelmed and the quality of their work is really poor. "I would like to see social care teams scrapped and a new, national body with proper funding put in its place." The county council said: "We believe it is reasonable to expect parents to fulfil the responsibilities to care for their own children. "Cornwall also has a shortage of a carers who are willing and able to look after troubled teenagers. "We do have some amazing carers who do this but none were available at that time." Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Being kept in a police cell can be a very intimidating and daunting experience for a child and we try to avoid this happening where possible. "If more suitable accommodation cannot be found, as in this case, a child has been kept overnight as a last resort." Image copyrightPictures supplied Image captionA national campaign, following the deaths of three teenagers, saw the law changed for 17-year-olds held in custody The government said it was the responsibility of chief constables to ensure the law was complied with. In 2015 it changed the law, following a campaign by Just for Kids and the families ofthree 17-year-olds - Eddie Thornber, Joe Lawton and Kesia Leatherbarrow - who killed themselves after being arrested. Policing minister Mike Penning said 17-year-olds would be "treated like 15 and 16-year-olds, and moved to secure local authority accommodation". He said: "The law is clear that any child who is charged with an offence should not be held overnight unless absolutely necessary. "This government is doing more to protect children and vulnerable individuals who often end up in police custody due to the lack of suitable accommodation." Image captionExperts say many young people see their detention as a punishment - which can be very damaging Yet experts agree this is not happening rapidly enough. Dr Vicky Kemp, principal research fellow at the University of Nottingham's School of Law, has specialised in studying children in the justice system. "Kids are being held for longer and longer because the police are strapped for resources," she said. "You are getting 14-year-olds held in cells for hours and it's not good enough. "The system can be very damaging for adolescents." The National Police Chiefs' Council lead for children and young people, Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, said: "Entering custody can be a traumatic experience. "One factor in longer stays is the lack of alternative accommodation." Roy Perry, who chairs the Local Government Association's children and young people board, said: "Young people should never have to spend the night in a police cell unnecessarily. "However, we know there will be times when there is no other option available." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34884313
  8. Sheku Bayoh custody death officer 'hates black people' By Mark DalyBBC Scotland Investigations Correspondent 46 minutes ago From the sectionScotland Image captionPC Alan Paton was one of the first officers to be called to an incident which led to Sheku Bayoh's death in MayOne of the principal police officers involved in the restraint of a black man who died in custody has a history of violence and racism, it has been alleged. Sheku Bayoh, originally from Sierra Leone, died after being arrested and restrained in Kirkcaldy in May. The BBC has decided to name one of the officers involved, PC Alan Paton. He is said to have attacked his parents and admitted to hating black people. He has not responded to the claims. Members of his own family have also claimed that PC Paton has openly admitted that he hates black people. Bruised and battered Mr Bayoh's family have now called on Police Scotland to explain why an officer with an apparent history of violence was allowed to be on independent patrol. The BBC has obtained statements alleging that PC Paton, 41, carried out a sustained attack on his own parents at their home in 2005, while he was on duty. The attack was said to have left his mother, Ann Paton, now 61, unconscious, and his father, John Paton, 65, severely bruised and battered. Police officers from the then Fife Constabulary were called to the incident, but the BBC understands PC Paton's parents elected not to press charges, after being assured by senior officers the matter would be dealt with internally. Image captionPC Paton is alleged to have carried out a violent attack on his own parentsImage captionBarry Swan said he wanted Mr Bayoh's family to know about the allegations surrounding his brother in law's historyBarry Swan, 43, who is PC Paton's brother in law, told the BBC he had witnessed the aftermath of the alleged attack, and wanted to let the Bayoh family know about the police officer's past. Mr Swan, who is married to PC Paton's sister, said: "What kind of person can actually do that to their own parents? Alan is a big boy, he towered over his mum and dad. "A frail old man who'd basically been put through something he should never have been put through, he was literally black down one side. You knew instantly it wasn't one hit, he'd been kicked, he'd been stamped on. He'd had a major kicking." Mr Swan also alleged that the officer had admitted to being racist in the weeks since Mr Bayoh's death. He said: "He out and out admitted that he was a racist, that he hates them, as he puts it - all the blacks. It's not right he's a police officer." Image captionMs Bayoh's partner, Collette Bell, has questioned why someone with PC Paton's apparent history was allowed to patrol as police officerCollette Bell, Mr Bayoh's partner and the mother of his eight-month-old son Isaac, said: "They're supposed to be trained in restraint. They should have the knowledge and ability to deal with those people appropriately without having to beat them to a pulp. "There are ways and means to restrain somebody without killing them. There's no doubt about it, if Shek had not come into contact with the police he would still be here, and that hurts a lot. "If somebody could beat up their own mum and dad why are they then left with the badge, why are they still allowed to patrol the streets? "If they are that violent that they would hit out at their parents, what hope does any normal citizen have to go up against him?" The Bayoh family lawyer, Aamer Anwar said: "I think the public have a right to expect that those who engage in violence and those who engage in racism should not be able to walk our streets as police officers. They must be held to account." The death of Mr Bayoh is being investigated by the police watchdog, the Police Investigation and Review Commissioner (Pirc). But Mr Bayoh's family has questioned whether it has the courage, powers or resources to properly hold Police Scotland to account. How did Sheku Bayoh die? Image copyrightCarol DuncanImage captionThe post-mortem examination of Mr Bayoh revealed a series of injuries over his body, face and head, including a deep gash across his foreheadPolice had received a call on 3 May of this year about a man behaving erratically and brandishing a knife in Kirkcaldy. The BBC understands that Mr Bayoh, who was a trainee gas engineer, had taken the drug ecstasy. CCTV evidence seen by the family shows Mr Bayoh approaching the police at about 07:20. The BBC understands the pictures show that he did not have a knife. At least two officers, including PC Paton, who until now has only been known as officer A, said that they believed they could be facing a terrorist incident. At least four and up to six officers, including PC Paton, were immediately involved in the encounter. CS spray and police batons were used and within about 30 seconds, Mr Bayoh was brought to the ground, face down. Handcuffs and leg restraints were applied. PC Paton and a colleague known as officer B, who were two of the first on the scene, were understood to have a combined weight of about 43 stones. Eyewitness reports suggested that officers were kneeling and lying on Mr Bayoh in order to restrain him. Pronounced dead Less than five minutes after the encounter began, Mr Bayoh was noticed to be unconscious and one officer radioed for an ambulance. A further five minutes later, the ambulance still had not arrived, and an officer reported to base that Mr Bayoh was no longer breathing. CPR was attempted by the officers, but Mr Bayoh arrived by ambulance at the town's Victoria Hospital, where his sister works, unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 09:04. A post-mortem examination revealed a series of injuries over his body, face and head, including a deep gash across his forehead. Tiny blood spots, or petechial haemorrhages were discovered in his eyes - a sign of potential asphyxia. The post mortem examination declared he had died after taking the drug MDMA, while being restrained. But a report by a renowned pathologist engaged by the Bayoh family is expected to say the cause of death was positional asphyxia - effectively being suffocated as a result of the position his body was in. Positional asphyxia is a common cause of death in police custody where restraint is involved. This latest development in the Bayoh case comes just weeks after the resignation of Chief Constable Stephen House, who was criticised for visiting the officers involved in the restraint, including Alan Paton, before he met the Bayoh family. His resignation came after a series of damaging incidents for Police Scotland. Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson said: "It would be inappropriate to comment as there is an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sheku Bayoh's death which is currently being carried out by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner and they have submitted an interim report to the Crown Office. "Police Scotland remains committed to co-operating fully with the Pirc's inquiries. I would like to again offer my condolences to Sheku's family and we await the conclusion of the investigation." Image captionMs Bell and other members of Mr Bayoh's family have questioned whether the police watchdog is capable of holding Police Scotland to account over his deathPirc's ability to investigate independently has come under criticism after it emerged last month, in the Sunday Herald newspaper, that nearly three quarters of its senior investigators are ex-police officers. The IPPC, the body which investigates police complaints in England and Wales came under similar criticism several years ago, and in 2013, the Home affairs select committee recommended that a maximum of 20% of IPCC staff should be made up of former police. A Pirc spokeswoman said it was "exceptionally independent" from the police, and said "all relevant lines of enquiry were being pursued." Mr Anwar has also alleged there had been a smear campaign against Mr Bayoh in the days after his death. He said: "The attempt to criminalise Sheku Bayoh in his death - the dead can't answer back but his family have answered for him. "He wasn't 6ft plus, he was 5ft 10in. He wasn't super-sized, he was 12 stone 10 pounds. He wasn't brandishing a knife at a police officer. He didn't stab a police officer. In fact he wasn't carrying a knife when the police officers attended. "He didn't attempt to stab anyone, and he wasn't found with a knife on him. Those are the actual facts."
  9. Posh

    Cell Relocation

    Morning all, does anyone have any links for any cell relocation videos? Preferably British, but I'm not too fussy. Thanks.
  10. Can the IPCC compel officers to give a statement in similar circumstances in E&W?
  11. Good Afternoon all Has anyone on here applied for the COA role? and if so, have you heard back ? cheers BTP1992
  12. Page 50 (Annex D) Neighbourhood Policing Review 2014 http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/priorities_and_how_we_are_doing/corporate/neighbourhood_review_phase_v1%20.pdf So, from these statistics, it looks like LPT are spending twice as much time watching prisoners than we do investigating crime. Also, assuming that you are employing the cheapest and newest PCs (which we're not) to do these duties, and assuming there are no additional costs (i.e. pensions, training etc.) then the Met is spending over £6.5 million on employing constables to watch prisoners. Worked out as a new constable earns £22443 + 6663, and multiplying that by 228.8 = £6,659,224. The reality is that all officers are involved in these duties, so factoring in the higher pay bracket, pensions, and training, and that the figures are conservative estimates, the value is likely to be much much much higher. I'm sure there's some sort of saving to be made here...
  13. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-31359158
  14. Ladies and Gents of PS.com if you were a Custody Manager and could implement any changes in your custody, what would you do? It could either be changing a process, or assigning more duties to staff members or perhaps something completely different. What would make Custody a more effective department and assist you in your current job role? Views, experiences and ideas are welcome from all. :new_yummy:

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