Independent custody visitors

Health in custody – Met called to explain

22 February 2017
  • There were four deaths in police custody in London in 2016, five in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013[1].
  • There are approximately 10 instances of children aged under 16 being held in police custody overnight every day in London[2].

Why do deaths in police custody still occur?

Are detainees being kept safe?

Are children being detained in police cells due to loss of local authority resource in this area?  

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow question the Deputy Commissioner and the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime about custody provisions in the capital.

Other topics include:

  • Borough mergers
  • Firearms amnesty        
  • Moped related crime
  • The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) monthly update report

The guests are:

  • Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, MOPAC
  • Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

The meeting will take place on Thursday 23 February from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. 

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Deaths in police custody - Inquest
  2. Children in custody, Mayor’s Question Time: 2016/4842
  3. Full Agenda papers.
  4. Steve O’Connell AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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