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Appropriate Adult (21674/19)


I would be grateful if you provide the following information relating to the use of voluntary interviews (also known as voluntary attendance or ‘caution plus 3’) by your police force.

For each of the individual 12 months from April 2018 to March 2019 inclusive:

  1. The total number of voluntary interviews of adult suspects (aged 18 or over)
  2. The total number of voluntary interviews of adult suspects (aged 18 or over), in which the need for an appropriate adult (under PACE Code C) was recorded.


Please find attached (21674_19_attachment.pdf).

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.