The UK Border Agency’s Bexley, Greenwich and Lambeth Arrest Team led a well planned operation, showing considerable improvement since the last inspection of this type, said John Vine CBE QPM, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, publishing the report of a short-notice inspection of one of the Agency’s arrest teams.
The Chief Inspector was pleased to find that:
* the arrest team operation was well planned;
* the operation included a sound formal briefing and proportionate deployment of staff; and
* people were treated with courtesy and respect.
However, the Chief Inspector did find that there remains room for improvement in post-arrest record-keeping in line with Agency guidance.
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, said:
“This is the second short-notice inspection of a UK Border Agency arrest team operation that I have carried out in order to assess how enforcement powers are exercised by Agency staff.
“These teams arrest people who are either suspected of, or liable to detention for immigration offences, and as such it is important that they are carried out proportionately and within established guidelines.
“Overall the operation was well planned and represented a considerable improvement on my last inspection of an arrest team. However, there remains room for improvement in post-arrest record-keeping in line with guidance.
“I shall continue to monitor this challenging and high-profile area of the Agency’s work with future unannounced or short-notice inspections.”