Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner agrees with a report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) that calls for an end to vulnerable children and adults being held in custody.
The report, The Welfare of Vulnerable People in Police Custody, published today (Tuesday 10 March) says that nationally police custody is being used as a substitute for social and health care with police often the default response for people in crisis.
Tony said: “It’s welcoming that HMIC have recognised these issues and reinforces what I have always said – a police cell is no place for a vulnerable person, especially a child.
“In Greater Manchester, I am leading work to transform mental health crisis care, ensuring vulnerable people get the right support and care in a health setting, not a police setting. This includes training for police officers and a triage scheme giving police officers 24-hour access to mental health teams.
“I am also working with local authorities to make sure there is sufficient and suitable accommodation available for children who have been charged and remanded so there is never a reason for a young person to be kept in a police cell.
“Police, councils and other agencies are making great strides in Greater Manchester but are not yet at the end of the journey. I will raise the recommendations in this report with Greater Manchester Police to see what further improvements we can put in place.”
Greater Manchester Police was not one of the police forces inspected as part of this report.