Circular 022/2014: The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Remote Reviews of Detention) Regulations 2014

These regulations apply to all police stations in England and Wales and when they are in force.



  • broad subject: Police service
  • sub category: Police custody; Police powers; Police stations
  • issue date: 18 December 2014
  • implementation date: 21 December 2014
  • for more information contact: Brian Roberts
  • addressed to: Chief Officers of Police in England and Wales
  • copies are being sent to:
    • Chief Officers of non-Police Act forces
    • Police and Crime Commissioners
    • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
    • The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
    • The Common Council of the City of London
    • The Association of Chief Police Officers of England
    • Wales and Northern Ireland
    • The General Council of the Bar
    • The Law Society of England and Wales
    • The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
    • College of Policing
    • National Policing Lead for Stop and Search
    • National Crime Agency
    • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    • Border Force
    • National Appropriate Adult Network
    • Independent Custody Visiting Association
    • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
    • Independent Police Complaints Commission
    • PACE Strategy Board Members

Dear Chief Officer,

The purpose of this circular is to inform you that The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Remote Reviews of Detention Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3279) laid before Parliament on 15th December 2014, come into force on 8th January 2015

The Regulations apply to all police stations in England and Wales and when they are in force, a review of the detention of a person who has not been charged may carried out by an inspector who is not present at the station where the person is detained using video conferencing facilities.

The Regulations allow the use of video conferencing facilities, they do not require such facilities to be installed or used. However, when it is reasonably practicable to use those facilities, a review of detention before charge cannot be carried out by telephone.

The Regulations and Explanatory Memorandum which sets out the purpose of the Regulations and provides information about how they apply, are published.

Should you have any queries, please contact Brian Roberts on 020 7035 4848

Police Integrity and Powers Unit