National Custody Seminar 2016

The sold out 2016 National Custody Seminar took place on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 September at the Warwick Hilton Hotel.

The seminar heard from a range of speakers discussing the many issues facing custody officers.

Nick Ephgrave, the National Police Chief's Council Custody lead spoke on the Tuesday, and his words on mental health set the tone on the first day, where Michael Brown from the College of Policing also spoke at length on those issues and Juliet Lyon, chair of the Independent Advisory Panel, spoke on deaths in custody.

Mark Hill from the Home Office Police Estates Group also spoke on the layout of custody cells and how they can be used to prevent self-harm in custody, while Professor Michael Zander provided an update on PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) and bail changes in the forthcoming Policing and Crime Bill.

Wednesday began with a fascinating talk from the Law Society’s Richard Atkinson which covered many issues both sides of the legal divide are dealing with, while Susan Freeburn from Slater & Gordon talked in detail about intimate searches.

Darren Harris, the chair of PFEW’s Custody Forum reflected on another successful seminar, adding: “It’s been a brilliant two days. There was a great input from all the speakers and interaction from the delegates, as well as a fantastic exhibition as well.”

News stories from the seminar

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