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NPCC statement on adequate sanitary protection in custody

04 Jan 2018

The Independent Custody Visiting Association have today said that some women in custody have been affected by inadequate sanitary protection. 

National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Custody, Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp said:

"The police service is committed to upholding the highest custody standards to ensure that all detainees are treated in the right and proper way. We regularly facilitate unannounced, independent inspections of custody units and use the feedback to improve our approach.  

"Although there have only been a very small number of detainees affected by inadequate sanitary protection, we are committed to achieving greater consistency across the country so that women in custody are always treated with dignity and respect. In consultation with women's groups and other organisations, we are in the process of developing comprehensive guidance for officers on how to deal with these sensitive and often complex cases".