National Custody Seminar

All change for custody - National Seminar to tackle this year’s big topics

Pre-charge bail and mental health are expected to be among the hot topics for debate at this year’s National Custody Seminar & Exhibition, which will be held at the De Vere Hotel, Daventry Rd, Daventry Northamptonshire NN11 6JT, 11 & 12 September 2018.

Delegates will hear from a range of speakers drawn from stakeholders and partner organisations as well as the Police Federation of England and Wales National Custody Forum and lead representatives on key issues affecting police custody.

The annual event has developed an excellent reputation for delivering quality, relevant content aimed at those working in and around the custody environment.

Among the matters likely to be the subject of debate are:

  • Changes to PACE arising from the 2017 Policing & Crime Act, including pre-charge bail
  • The response to the Home Secretary’s Independent Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody
  • The expansion of digital technology in the Criminal Justice System and its’ impact on police custody, investigation, victims and suspects.
  • Provisions for detainees suffering from mental health crises, including recent changes to the Mental Health    Act affecting police powers under s136 and the use of police custody.
  • Learning the lessons from serious incidents & investigations
  • Safeguarding the rights of suspects and victims through effective ongoing and pre-release risk assessment.

The introduction of the new Police and Crime Act last April has seen a drop of at least 65 per cent in pre-charge bail amid fears that witnesses and victims have been left vulnerable as suspects often now have no bail conditions.

It will also be the first time to consider the Independent Review, chaired by Dame Elish Angiolini, which features multiple recommendations for policing, including the use of restraint and training requirements, and for other government departments and public services.

Dealing with detainees suffering from mental health crises remains a key area on the custody agenda as social care and NHS budgets shrink, and there will be an opportunity to examine recent amendments to the Mental Health Act and their impact upon policing and custody.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • The Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service
  • ACC Nev Kemp (Surrey Police), NPCC National Custody Lead
  • Tim Coolican, Principal Lawyer, Criminal Defence, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • Insp Michael Brown, Mental Health Co-ordinator, NPCC

Who should attend?

PFEW custody representatives, custody officers, custody managers, Police Estate Managers, Police Procurement representatives, Police Stakeholder Groups and any organisation with a particular interest in police custody issues.

There are a limited number of 24hr rate packages available, based at the De Vere, at the cost of £275.00 (inclusive of VAT).  This will include refreshments on arrival, a buffet lunch and a three-course networking dinner, together with bed and breakfast for the night of Tuesday 11th September and car parking. These places will be secured on a first come first served basis.

A day delegate rate is also available at a cost of £175.00 (inclusive of VAT), to include refreshments on arrival, buffet lunch and a three-course networking dinner. Please note that accommodation is NOT included with this package.

Full details of the Seminar programme, including additional confirmed speakers, sessions and activities will be circulated in due course.

Should you have any queries, or require any further information, please contact our Tkay Shana, PFEW Events Co-ordinator, at pfevents@polfed.org  (Tel 01372 352096).