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Custody Deaths (2844_18)


, I am looking for information regarding deaths in Custody and other Police Holdings. In particular we are looking for information regarding the following since 2010.


¿              Number of deaths and/or injury caused by self harm

¿              Number of deaths and/or injury caused by stabbing between detainees

¿              Number of deaths and/or injury caused by stabbing between detainees on staff members


Please find attached our response and note that where a person has died following contact with the police it is referred to our Professional Standards Department, they have to consider whether as a result of that contact there is a causal link to the death. If on that assessment it is decided there may be a causal link then the matter is referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. They will make a determination as to what the Mode of Investigation is i.e. back to force for investigation or they keep it as an independent enquiry.


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.