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Dame Elish Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody

The Rt. Hon Theresa May MP commissioned Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC to produce a report on Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody. This report, and the Government response to it, was published on 30 October 2017. The Government response states that the Home Secretary has asked the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody to take forward further work in two areas: healthcare in police custody and support for families. Following discussions at the Ministerial Board on 1 November 2017, Ministers agreed a work programme for the Board which covers the following themes:

 

  • Healthcare in police custody – Reduce the risk of a death in police custody occurring
  • Support for families – If a death in custody occurs, ensure better support for families

 

    • Inquests and Legal Aid – If a death in custody occurs, ensure families are supported through the inquest process
  • Accountability – Ensure organisations are held to account

 

    • Investigations – Ensure investigations and inquests are timely and effective
  • Levers to improve performance – Ensure lessons are learnt and improve accountability
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