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The link between drug and alcohol intoxication and deaths and serious incidents in police custody

Cormac McDonough

Posted by Cormac McDonough | Solicitor
On 4th August 2016

Following the Home Secretary’s announcement last year of a major review into deaths and serious incidents in police custody, a consultation entitled, Independent Review of Deaths and Serious Incidents in Police Custody, recently closed. In the second of a series of blogs centred around our response to the consultation, we look at the link between drug and alcohol intoxication and deaths and serious incidents in police custody.

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Police restraint of girl with disabilities highlights poor treatment of vulnerable people in custody

Alice Hardy

Posted by Alice Hardy | Partner
On 17th June 2016

Last week saw police strongly criticised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after an 11-year-old disabled girl was hooded, handcuffed and detained for more than 60 hours.

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Policing and Crime Bill – Proposals to give new powers to police volunteers and reform pre-charge bail raise civil liberties concerns

Joanna Bennett

Posted by Joanna Bennett | Solicitor
On 3rd June 2016

The Government’s Policing and Crime Bill, scheduled for its third reading in Parliament later this month, proposes a raft of…

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Undercover Policing Inquiry: Chairman’s Ruling on Restriction Order

Freya Colvin

Posted by Freya Colvin | Solicitor
On 13th May 2016

The Chairman to the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Lord Justice Pitchford, has now published his decision on the issue of restriction orders,…

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The Policing and Crime Bill promises major reform of the police complaints process but without true independence for the IPCC, can the system really regain public trust?

Joanna Bennett

Posted by Joanna Bennett | Solicitor
On 30th March 2016

Last month, the Government announced the detail of the Policing and Crime Bill, citing it as new legislation that would aim to ‘finish the job of police reform.’ The Bill includes measures to reform the police disciplinary and complaints systems with a view to improving public confidence in the ability to hold the police to account and to ensure police officers uphold the highest standards of integrity.

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