Detention and Custody

The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) has been approved by the College of Policing as the official and most up-to-date source of professional practice on policing. South Yorkshire Police have adopted APP as their Statement of Agreed Policy. This is the agreed policy on Detention and Custody and you may wish to refer to the APP Section now.


South Yorkshire Police do not deviate from APP in this subject.

Associated Procedural Instructions:

In addition to APP, South Yorkshire Police’s statement of agreed policy on Detention and Custody is supported by the following procedural instructions:

Other relevant SYP policy documents  you may wish to consider are:

  • Pi5.1 - Record of Detained Person's Property
  • Pi5.2 - Digitally Record Interviews with Suspects Conducted within Custody Suites
  • Pi5.3 - Medical Treatment of Detainees
  • Pi5.4 - Incidents/Positive Intervention Reporting in Custody Units
  • Pi5.6 - Bail
  • Pi5.7 - Independant Custody Visitors - Guidance for Custody Staff
  • Pi5.8 - Testing for Specified Class A Drugs in Police Stations - Instructions
  • Pi5.9 - Overt CCTV in Custody Suites
  • Pi5.10 -  Detainee Risk Assessment
  • Pi5.12 - Forensic Coding - Checking Detained Person for Smart Water
  • Pi5.13 Cleaning Protocols within Custody Suites
  • Pi5.14 Visitors to Custody
  • Pi5.15 - Drug Referral Workers - Cell Sweeps
  • Pi5.16 - Custody Suite Evacutation
  • Pi5.17 - Custody Audit and Inspection
  • Pi5.18 - Review of Police Detention

Please see Arrest of Military Personnel Flowchart 

D51512 Information Management and Compliance

Equality Act 2010: 

The Act creates a statutory requirement for all Functions and Policies (Including Procedural Instructions) to be analysed for their effect on equality, diversity and human rights, with due regard to the General Equality Duty.

In principle, this document has been assessed for discrimination, which cannot be justified, among other diverse groups.

Human Rights/Discretion:

The purpose of providing policy is to give an indication to staff of the expected course of action. However it is not possible to cater for every possible combination of factors that would justify a departure from stated policy. The Human Rights Act 1998 requires the proper use of discretion at all times and nothing within this policy and associated procedural instructions prohibits the proper use of discretion in appropriate circumstances.

Where action is taken that has the potential to interfere with an individual’s Human Rights, the reasons behind the making of the decision to act in that way should be recorded on the appropriate forms, or where this is not practicable, in pocket books or policy logs.

Rights of redress for members of the public:

Anyone who feels that a member of SYP staff has behaved incorrectly or unfairly has the right to make a complaint. Initial action should be taken in one of the following ways:

  • Complaint in writing or in person to the Senior Officer at the appropriate police       station or in writing to the Chief Constable of the force concerned.
  • Visit a local Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
  • Contact a solicitor.

Rights of redress for South Yorkshire Police staff:

South Yorkshire Police staff who feel they have grounds for concern in relation to the implementation of policies may:

  • Pursue concerns through their line manager.
  • Contact their First Contact officer.
  • Pursue a grievance formally through the South Yorkshire Police Fairness at Work Procedure.
  • Seek advice from their staff association or trades union.
  • Use procedural instruction D50241 Management of Complaints, in the section entitled Handling Complaints relating to Direction and Control. 


3rd July 2015

This statement of agreed policy replaced previous D50369



Wednesday, 8 July, 2015 - 00:00