Sometimes an event resulting in the involvement of police may be due to challenges or difficulties a person may be having impacting on their lives, friends and family.

Such matters may be medical, physical or psychological in nature due to circumstances or a particular time in a person's life.

These factors are taken into consideration when dealing with persons brought into police custody, especially when force may have been necessary to safely detain a person. A medical health professional is available in custody to assess where necessary.

Related terms

Police Medical Health Professional

Medical care whilst in custody

Additional needs

Detainees with physical disabilities

People under 18 years of age or vulnerable adults in police custody

Appropriate adults

Mental health issues and getting arrested


Captor Spray (incapacitant)


Source: North Wales Police

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