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NCJ Number: 236917 Find in a Library
Title: Guidance on the Safer Detention and Handling of Persons in Police Custody
Corporate Author: National Centre for Policing Excellence
United Kingdom
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 197
Sponsoring Agency: Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
London , SW1H 0NN
Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
National Centre for Policing Excellence
Hampshire RG27 0JW, England
Sale Source: National Centre for Policing Excellence
Bramshill, Hook
Hampshire RG27 0JW,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This manual identifies the standards expected in the handling of persons who come into police contact.
Abstract: This guide introduces both the legal framework within which the police must operate to both address crime and provide protections and safeguards for the public. Information in this handbook has been compiled primarily to help minimize deaths and reduce the number of adverse incidents while people are in police custody. Focusing on practical issues, a definitive guide on how police forces should incorporate strategic and operational policies to help raise the standards of custodial care for those that come into contact with the police is provided. Four elements are considered: ensuring that a detainee receives the appropriate level of care to determine their fitness to be detained; determining the fitness of the detainee to be interviewed as a key element in obtaining the best quality of evidence to assist in prosecuting offenders; engaging the detainees with appropriate healthcare professionals in a timely manner and in the right environment; and providing staff with instruction and training to both recognize warning signs of violent detainees and to competently perform effective risk assessments. Identifying the risks and acting on them in the best way possible should help minimize the risk to the detainee but equally important, help to minimize risk to staff and others who come into contact with those in custody.
Main Term(s): Protective custody
Index Term(s): Best evidence principle; Inmate fatalities; Inmate health; Inmate monitoring; Inmate personal security; Inmate treatment; Police safety; Public safety coordination
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