Custody services have been brought back in house by Thames Valley police.

All detention officers working in the force’s custody suites are now employees of Thames Valley Police again, having previously been employees of a private service delivery company whose contract ended at 7am on Monday.

The change was originally announced in November 2018 when the Chief Constable’s management team confirmed their decision to bring custodial services back in-house.

Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint, head of criminal justice, said: “I’m delighted that we have completed the process smoothly and on schedule, and I formally welcome all detention officers across the force as official employees of Thames Valley Police.

“While the day-to-day service will not involve significant change for officers and staff, bringing the provision of our custody services in-house will be a positive move for our force.

“I would like to thank everyone concerned in the process for their hard work and commitment to facilitating a professional transition.”

Maidenhead and High Wycombe police stations both have custody cells.