Report on an inspection visit to police custody suites in West Midlands Police
This report describes our findings following an inspection of West Midlands Police custody facilities. The inspection was conducted jointly by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Care Quality Commission in May 2023. It is part of our programme of inspections covering every police custody suite in England and Wales.
The inspection assessed the effectiveness of custody services and outcomes for detained people throughout the different stages of detention. It examined the force’s approach to custody provision in relation to detaining people safely and respectfully, with a particular focus on children and vulnerable adults.
To help the force improve, we have made four recommendations to it and its police and crime commissioner. These address our main causes of concern.
We have also highlighted a further 16 areas for improvement.