Children in MPS custody

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Over the last four years, how many children under the age of 18 have been held in police custody (a) overnight and (b) over a weekend in police cells? Please breakdown figures by month, borough and age of the children and provide yearly totals.

Answer

Answer for Children in MPS custody

Answer for Children in MPS custody

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Appendix Q indicates the number of under-18s that have been held in police custody (a) overnight and (b) over a weekend in police cells, by borough, month, and age over the last four years, together with yearly totals.

It is vital that appropriate safeguards are in place for all under-18s who come into contact with the police and that they are not held overnight in a police cell unless it is impractical to transfer them to local authority accommodation. 

While I am not complacent on this issue, and there is clearly still more work to be done across agencies, I am pleased to note that the overall number of under-18s being detained both overnight and over the weekend has fallen over the last four years.

'Overnight' detention is defined as holding an individual within custody for four or more consecutive hours between midnight and 8:00am.  'Weekend' detention is defined as holding within custody an individual, who has been detained at some time on a Saturday or Sunday, for at least four hours before being released the following Monday.

The number of detentions do not equate to the number of individuals detained. E.g. an individual detainee may have been arrested twice within the time period stated.

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