In the Media

Police custody 'no place for ill'

PUBLISHED January 21, 2005

Half the people dying in police custody are mentally ill, says the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Officers are being left to "pick up the pieces" because of failings in health and care services, it says.
Police cells should not be used as a "safe place" for those in extreme mental distress, but all too often are the only places available, it said.
In the year to March 2004, there were 38 deaths in police custody involving people with mental illness, it added.