West Yorkshire Police to trial mobile custody suite

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West Yorkshire Police is trialling a mobile custody suite the size of a single-decker bus which bosses say could allow officers to spend more time working in the community.

The vehicle, on loan from Cheshire Constabulary, has been on trial over the Christmas and new year period. No decision has yet been made on whether it will be taken on full-time.

It has been brought in to provide custody facilities away from regular police stations, which will help cut down on the amount of time taken by officers transporting and processing suspects.

The 26ft long, 8.5 tonne van has been used in town and city centres, at events such as festivals and football matches, in rural areas and in high-risk shoplifting areas.

Inside the vehicle is a fully functioning custody unit with booking-in desk, six cells, a fully equipped interview room, and toilet and washing facilities. It is also kitted out with 3G technology and CCTV.

Police said it will increase their presence on the streets and will help to make communities safer.

The pilot is part of West Yorkshire Police’s ongoing work to provide services in the face of budget cuts.WHAT DO YOU THINK? Click here to register and have your say on the stories and issues that matter to you


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