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Detainee care

Authorised Professional Practice

This page is from APP, the official source of professional practice for policing.

Detention and custody

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code of Practice C sets out the statutory framework for custodial care and the rights and entitlements of a detainee in police custody.

The College of Policing has now published APP on Mental Health. This module wholly supersedes and replaces:

  • APP on Mental ill health and learning disabilities (within APP on Detention and custody). This document was decommissioned on 10 October 2016.
  • Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Department of Health (2010) guidance on responding to people with mental ill health or learning disabilities. This document was decommissioned on 3 August 2016.

See Mental health – detention for information on protections for people with mental ill health in detention.

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