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Police Custody: Sanitary Protection

Question for Home Office

UIN 171298, tabled on 6 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of (a) tampons and (b) sanitary towels for women in custody at each police station in each constabulary in the North West.

Answered on

11 September 2018

The Home Office does not centrally hold information on individual force policies and procedures.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has developed and introduced new operational guidance on the treatment of female detainees in police custody and, in particular, the provision of menstrual and sanitary products. This guidance forms part of the College of Policing’s Approved Professional Practice and was published in August.

The Government is currently consulting on proposals to strengthen the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) Code of Practice C (detention) and H (detention – terrorism) to ensure menstruating women in custody are treated with dignity. The consultation closes on 1 October.

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