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What if I have caring responsibilities for someone?

Any person who comes into custody may have caring responsibilities for another person. The level of caring can vary considerably, and custody staff must be aware of the potential implications for each detainee and their dependants.

As part of the booking in process, the custody sergeant will ask you about any caring responsibilities and this information will be recorded in the custody record. If you have dependants and care is required, appropriate arrangements should be made as necessary to find the alternative care.

You may be reluctant to identify yourself as a carer because you are embarrassed about being arrested. However the custody staff will be sensitive to your needs and respond appropriately. Any person who is arrested is entitled to a phone call or have someone informed of their arrest. Under the circumstances, the custody officer will allow you to make multiple phone calls to make alternative care arrangements. These calls will be facilitated as long as there is no impact on the investigation.

Additionally, dependants or family members may ring custody for information about you. Custody staff can only provide information with your consent.