Police made accountable for the care of prisoners
originally by: The Independent
published: 17 August 2012
Police officers delegating duties to privately contracted staff in custody suites will be held ultimately responsible for the standard of care and treatment given to detainees, according to new government rules.
Custody sergeants must also be satisfied that those carrying out police tasks, such as monitoring someone’s well-being, are suitable, trained and competent to do so.
The major changes to the Police and Evidence (PACE) codes come four years after the case of Gary Reynolds, who fell into a coma while in the custody of Sussex Police. Mr Reynolds suffered a serious head injury during the arrest but had been identified as drunk, and therefore not checked regularly or roused.
He was found unconscious in his cell hours after the arrest – in a custody suite run by the private company Reliance Security – and left severely paralysed.
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