Sussex PCC welcomes findings of custody centre inspection


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has released a report with HM Inspectorate of Prisons following a joint inspection into Sussex Police’s custody centres to assess care for those detained.

Responding to the report following the unannounced inspection visit to police custody suites in November 2016, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Depriving someone of their liberty carries an immense responsibility. There are areas recommended for improvement that have been identified by inspectors and I am pleased that Sussex Police have taken prompt action to comply with these.

“My office manages an effective Independent Custody Visiting Scheme, whereby trained members of the public make unannounced visits to custody centres to check on the welfare of people held in police custody and to ensure that their rights and entitlements have been observed.

“My office, through its management of the scheme, plays an active role in promoting fair treatment for people in police custody, ensuring that issues relating to individuals or the custody environment are addressed appropriately.

“The inspection should be seen as additional to a separate inspection which is now carried out on a rolling basis at all places of detention, supported by volunteer custody visitors who bring an independent perspective to the task.”

You can read the full report here.

You can read Sussex Police’s response here.

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