Changing the Culture of Police Custody

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Nick Ephgrave, Chief Constable, Surrey Police & National Lead on Custody, NPCC
  • Jonathan Betts, Detective Superintendent, Cheshire Police
  • Jessica Skinns, Associate, Bindmans LLP
  • Sheena Urwin, Head of Criminal Justice, Durham Constabulary
  • Sherry Ralph, Chief Operating Officer, Independent Custody Visiting Association
  • Paul Ford, Chief Inspector - Criminal Justice, Metropolitan Police
  • Gary Kitching (Chair), Former Chief Officer, Suffolk Constabulary
  • Further speakers TBC


Police custody is under the spotlight. Police forces are under  pressure to support detainees suffering from mental health crises and prevent deaths and other serious incidents. Changes in the Policing and Crime Act to pre-charge bail will also reform how custodies work. 

Earlier this year the NPCC released a National Strategy for Police Custody to ensure that across the country custody is legitimate, efficient and effective. Attend this Westminster Briefing to enable your force to meet these principles, hear about policy changes and developments, and learn from best practice currently underway.

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • Implementing the National Strategy for Police Custody
  • The Policing and Crime Act 2017: reforms to pre-charge bail and its impact on custody
  • Custody and mental health: reducing the use of cells as a place of safety
  • Preventing deaths and serious incidents in police custody
  • Meeting the NPCC’s three strands of legitimacy, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Learning from success: best practice case studies of effective working in police custody
  • Developing greater collaboration with partnership agencies

About the Day:

The morning session will provide an update of the police custody policy landscape. Delegates will explore the National Strategy and the impact of recent reforms.

The afternoon session will focus on current good practice in police custody across the country. This is an ideal opportunity to examine ‘what works’ in police custody and look at examples of successful partnership working.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from all those with an interest in police custody, including police custody staff; custody nurses;  liaison and diversion teams; crisis teams; commissioning managers and the third sector.


Tuesday 3rd October 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

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