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Assessing an individual’s fitness to be interviewed in police custody

31 May 2017

Nursing Standard

Evidence & practice

Nurses working in police custody settings may be called on to assess a detainee’s fitness to be interviewed by police, for example where the person is thought to...

Assessment of people who have been tasered

13 July 2017

Emergency Nurse

Evidence & practice

The use of Tasers® by the police is subject to intense scrutiny and controversy. With increasing numbers of police officers carrying Tasers, it is important that...

Assessing fitness to detain in police custody

11 November 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines the role of the custody nurse in assessing an individual’s fitness to be detained. It addresses all aspects of the assessment, including...

Beyond observation: self-harm in prisons

01 June 2011

Mental Health Practice


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence defines self-harm as an expression of personal distress. The main strategy at present for managing the...

Crime scene

28 March 2006

Nursing Standard


Nurses in Chichester are carving out new roles as forensic nurse practitioners (FNPs). Working closely with the police, they are making a significant contribution to...