PCC welcomes the HMIP and HMIC Report on Police Custody in West Yorkshire (7 Dec 2016)

Responding to the release of a report into police custody by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "This was a very positive report and I was particularly pleased to see the focus on safeguarding and diversity noted which are key themes in the new Police and Crime Plan, and all the police officers and staff involved should be congratulated.

"It is crucial that people detained by West Yorkshire Police are treated with care, dignity and respect.

"I note the further recommendations for improvement as mentioned in the report and will keep a close eye on how these are implemented. However both the HMIP and HMIC are confident these improvement will be made, and commented that 'this was the most positive inspection of police custody they have made for some time'.

"I also run an Independent Custody Visitors (ICV) scheme which is made up of community volunteers who visit police custody suites unannounced to check on the welfare of detainees.

"When an issue is raised by an ICV it is fed directly back to the custody suite and an update on the action taken will is received by my office.

"I will soon be looking to recruit more ICVs, for more information on the role visit /get-involved/custody-visiting.aspx.

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