News May 2010

May 2010

The team at ICVA would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Home Secretary, Theresa May and Minister of State responsible for the police, Nick Herbert - we hope to invite them to speak to us soon.

Hackney Police Custody Report

‘Police custody in Hackney was a broadly positive picture, though there was a need to extend staff training and improve the management of healthcare’, said Dame Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Denis O’Connor, Chief Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of a joint inspection into custody suites in the London Borough of Hackney.

“This inspection of custody suites in Hackney identified some good practice, but also a number of areas for improvement. In particular, staff need to be properly trained for their tasks, not least to ensure appropriate recognition of the needs of the diverse range of detainees who pass through the suites. Healthcare provision also required improved management to ensure that a comprehensive and accountable service is provided.”

The report can be read in full here

Diary Dates

  • Eastern Regional Conference - Thursday 20 May 2010
  • Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody meeting – Thursday 17 June 2010
  • West Midlands Conference – Saturday 2 October 2010, Hindlip Hall, West Mercia
  • UK’s national preventive mechanism  -  Friday, 4th June 2010

Preventing Deaths in Police Care

ICVA chief executive Ian Smith OBE has been invited to chair Capita’s 10th National Preventing Deaths in Police Care Conference, taking place in London this September.

This timely conference gives delegates the opportunity to build on recent custody improvements, hear expert guidance on preventing harm and ensure that custody teams are equipped to effectively assess risk and avoid fatalities.

As in previous years the conference will target all those involved in preventing and eliminating incidents of death in police custody, from chief constables to custody sergeants. The Independent Police Complaints Commission and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Custody are among those participating in this event and anyone interested in attending should contact