National Conference 2012

July 2012

Working systems of the joint HMIC and HMI Prisons Police Custody Inspection Programme for police forces in England and Wales have been reviewed following feedback from stakeholders and forces. This has resulted in a revision of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Expectations for Police Custody (Expectations).

The amendments in the MoU now reflect:

  • A risk based approach to re-inspection
  • The majority of inspections will be unannounced
  • Written confirmation of the ‘Hot De-Brief’ within 5 working days

These amendments are expected to create a significant reduction on the burden on forces. Copies of the MoU and Expectations are accessible on the HMIC and HMI Prisons web sites.