Consultation outcome

Expectations for police custody

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

For further information on the outcome of this consultation see the HMICFRS website

Original consultation


Consultation on a revised draft of expectations for inspecting police custody.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have been leading a review of the expectations for police custody over the last year. The expectations set out the assessment criteria, or indicators, for our joint inspections of police custody and also ‘what we expect to see’ in those areas during the inspection. The revised draft draws on over 6 years of experience of police custody inspections conducted jointly by HMIP and HMIC and is informed by the findings of the thematic inspection of the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody, published by HMIC in March 2015.

In particular we have:

  • extended the scope of the custody inspections to the first point of contact i.e. pre-arrest
  • included expectations of diversion from custody for children and vulnerable adults wherever possible
  • strengthened the focus on vulnerability and risk throughout
  • incorporated expectations flowing from the public sector equality duty under the Equality Act 2010

Our consultation questions reflect these changes.


Published 15 October 2015