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Improving Detainee Welfare

Accuracy and integrity of cell visit reports entered in custody logs have for some time been an issue of concern. These have created an area of uncertainty as to the reliability of the information gathered, leading to challenges from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspection audits and investigations into detainee complaints of mistreatment whilst in custody.
This white paper discusses the level of detainee welfare in police custody and the issues that contribute to the standard of care provided by police officers.
Record keeping detainee information is one of the issues for custody officers. The current method used in custody is mentioned and some examples of reports are given, that back up the argument that it is inefficient and why it needs to be replaced.

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