Vulnerable people in custody (2)

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has raised concerns about the number of vulnerable pensioners who are locked in police cells, especially when care home staff are unable to cope with their behaviour. What steps are you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service taking to reduce the number of vulnerable pensioners who end up in police custody?


Answer for Vulnerable people in custody (2)

Answer for Vulnerable people in custody (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC and the MPS recognise the importance of ensuring all vulnerable people, including pensioners, are dealt with in a responsible way.

The MPS is working to ensure that at the first point of contact with the police service, officers and staff are alert to, identify and effectively respond to vulnerabilities that may elevate risk of harm.

Guidance has been issued to staff regarding the necessary grounds to arrest, and that detention should be challenged and ultimately refused where it is deemed unnecessary. Front line officers and staff have received Vulnerability Assessment Framework training, which includes making referrals to Adult Safeguarding Boards and Liaison and Diversion schemes.

MOPAC operates an Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) Scheme in every London borough that has an active custody facility to check on the treatment and welfare of people held in police custody.