Use of drug trace detection equipment in prisons policy framework

Rules and guidance for prison staff using trace detection equipment to detect illicit substances.

Applies to England and Wales


Annex B: Drug Trace Detection Flow Diagram

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This Policy Framework sets out the mandatory instructions which prison and young offenders institution staff must follow when using trace detection equipment. This will help establishments prevent the conveyance of drugs.

This policy will be reviewed in line with normal schedules.

Published 1 December 2023
Last updated 1 December 2023 + show all updates
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