Posts Tagged ‘ Custody Sergeant ’


Written by admin
September 23rd, 2019

They used to say you know you’re getting older when the police officers look younger.  Then they used to say you know you’re getting older when the magistrates start looking younger.  For those of us practising in Nottingham it’s going to be a question of you know you’re getting older when the police stations start looking younger.

Back in 1995 a brand new £28m custody facility opened on the banks of the Trent Canal in Nottingham.  It was linked to the new, all-singing, all-dancing Magistrates’ Court.  The Magistrates’ Court itself was something of which the city was so proud they decided to licence its foyer for wedding ceremonies.  Concerts took place on the paved area outside the police station and it was deemed to be “the police station of the future”.

The custody sergeants were housed on a raised platform, which resembled nothing more than the deck of the Starship Enterprise.  There were more computers in the custody suite than there had been on Apollo 11 and the entire facility was watched over by a “new-fangled” CCTV system.

24 years on and it has all changed.  The talk is the closure and the building of a new “all-singing-all-dancing” not to mention “new-fangled” police station on a wasteland in a part of the city which has been calculated to be closest to most of the incidents to which officers are called.  The fact that the new police station will not link to any court buildings and will necessitate hundreds of thousands of pounds per year being spent on transporting prisoners, is a mere incidental.

For those of us who saw the police move from The Guildhall cells and the old Central Police Station to the brand new Bridewell, we can only reflect on the passing of time and the arrival of yet another generation of both police stations and criminal solicitors in Nottingham.


Written by Sian Hall
October 23rd, 2017

As our prisons reach bursting point, the pressure on the Courts and the Police to look for alternative but fair disposals for potential prisoners is huge.


Throughout the past twenty years a series of restorative justice schemes have been operated by local police forces up and down the country. The enthusiasm with which restorative justice has been embraced has very much depended on the personality of the individual driving the initiative in each area.


The poor take-up on conditional cautioning was a great national setback. The inability of the authorities to be able to confirm whether the requirements for a conditional caution had been fulfilled undermined the whole process.


Nevertheless, the pressure to avoid court is real and present. As a firm, The Johnson Partnership have been training and encouraging our Police Station Advisors to look for alternative disposals when the evidence against the client is strong.


For years it has been open to the Police to caution clients who are admitting to an offence but who have very little, if any, previous involvement in the system. Restorative justice offers a whole new vista of possibilities.  For years our Police Station Advisors have been able to suggest that cases could be resolved by compensation being paid or by a letter of apology being written however Police Officers are increasingly looking for new alternatives.  In recent weeks, ideas such as writing a letter of apology to all the patrons of a particular pub; spending two days collecting and stacking supermarket trolleys and paying for taxis to and from local shops whilst a mobility scooter was being fixed, have all been thought to be appropriate restorative justice disposals.


Appropriate, practical, inventive, and appealing ideas presented in a timely way to an overburdened Custody Sergeant can be ways of securing a swift and satisfactory resolution for a client, who might otherwise have wended their way through a tortuous court system.



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