Custody Procedures


The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 was brought in following recommendations set out by the Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure. The purpose of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 was to bring police powers under one code of practice and to carefully balance the rights of the individual against the powers of the police.

Code C of the Codes of Practice governs the Detention, Treatment and Questioning of Suspects whilst in custody.


At the end of the module participants will be able to:

  • Outline the relevant sections of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act that apply to the Treatment, detention and questioning of suspects.
  • Identify the relevant Codes of Practice
  • Describe the powers of detention in England and Wales
  • Outline the role of the custody officer
  • Describe the rights and entitlements that apply to detainees
  • Describe the role of solicitors and legal representatives
  • Outline the process for the Interviewing of suspects
  • State the rules that apply Juveniles and Vulnerable Persons
  • Describe the process for the recording and disposal of property
  • Outline the detention review process and time limits
  • Outline how detainees are released from custody

Key Learning

Delegates will be able to identify how suspects are dealt with in custody and how the requirements of Code C apply. This includes the rights and entitlements of suspects and the rules that govern everything from detention to medical treatment.

In addition delegates will be able to explore the requirements of Codes E and F that apply to the interviewing of suspects and the rules that apply to those suspects where an appropriate adult or interpreter may be required.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at those conducting investigations whether for a public body, a private corporation or as a sole investigator. It is essential for all those involved in investigation to understand how those in custody are treated and how you need to carefully plan your investigation taking into account the needs of the suspect and how the Codes of Practice govern your actions.

Who are we?

WRI are an established company who specialise in Brand Protection, Investigation and Training and we have worked with the Police, Trading Standards and a number of well known brands to both protect the rights of the Intellectual Property Owner and to bring to justice those who break the law.

Our trainers are very experienced Retired Police Officers and Trading Standards Officers who have been trained to a senior level within their respective roles.

The course can be delivered at your place of work or at the offices of WRI in South Wales.
For further information please contact us on the email address below or 02921 202597

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