Tag Archive | Vulnerable People

Re-imagining Police Custody


A Home Office commissioned report has today said that about a quarter of a million vulnerable people are not receiving the support of an “appropriate adult” while in police custody.

A few months ago, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary published their report on “The Welfare Of Vulnerable People In Custody” which made clear the distance still to travel in terms of how police manage the vulnerable in their care. I blogged about this at the time in a missive called One Size Fits All. The point of the title was to draw attention to the fact that custody suites are designed to be generic buildings with little to no provision for anyone with any form of vulnerability. A cell is a cell is a cell.

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One Size Fits All

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

 

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have just published their report on “The Welfare of Vulnerable People in Police Custody.” For those who have been championing the apparent recent progress in this area it makes for sober reading. That is not to suggest for a moment that there hasn’t been progress but the report lays bare the scale of the journey still required. It is a long one with many obstacles.

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Over To You (Part 2)

In the last blog I talked generally about risk and how so much of police work is about the management of risk.

I discussed how easy it can be to achieve a target but miss the point – even in cases of high risk. I touched upon how risk has been ignored for too long as focus has been on types of crime rather than a crime’s individual effect on a victim.

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No Matter How Long It Takes

Some of the comments on Twitter regarding the incident on the M42 over bridge have defied belief.

Comments have been directed at the individual brandishing him “selfish” and worse. They have also been directed at the police, criticising their handling of the matter. Read More…

Police Can No Longer Be “Plan B”

This week I have been told of a case which pretty much typifies the title of this blog.

The situation arose when a man called the police for help as his partner, a mental health sufferer with a range of diagnosis – who had not been taking her medication, was having “an episode.” She had taken a knife to her wrist but not cut it and had then barricaded herself into a room with a quantity of tablets. Read More…

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