Children under 18 in police cells [6]

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to Question No: 2015/3509;

'Over the last 6 months, how many children under 18 have been held a) overnight and b) over a weekend in police cells?'

Your response including:

'The most recent data available (01/11/14 - 30/04/15) indicates that 3,005 and 483 under 18 detentions within custody 'overnight' and at the 'weekend' respectively.'

Over the same period, how many under 18s were transferred to local authority to safe beds, to prevent them from being held in police custody overnight?


Answer for Children under 18 in police cells [6]

Answer for Children under 18 in police cells [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I'm afraid it is not currently possible to retrieve this information from within the MPS system.   The MPS recognises that this is less than ideal given how vital it is that the appropriate safeguards are in place for all under-18s who come into contact with the police, and they are working to address this within their new IT solution.