HMICS Thematic Inspection of Police Custody Arrangements in Scotland

Monday, 11 August, 2014

The aim of this thematic inspection was to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of police custody arrangements in Scotland and to assess the care and welfare of detainees.

Depriving people of their liberty for any reason comes with significant responsibility for their safety and welfare and presents risks that must be carefully managed. The police service is responsible for the proper care and protection of those in custody, including their physical, mental and welfare needs. The risks associated with depriving people of their liberty can be mitigated by high standards within custody centres, robust operating procedures and effective partnership working.

This inspection is part of an ongoing programme of custody inspections which contribute to the United Kingdom’s response to its international obligations under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). OPCAT requires that all places of detention are visited regularly by a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), an independent body or group of bodies which monitor the treatment of and conditions for detainees. HMICS is one of several bodies making up the NPM in the UK

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