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Electronic monitoring devices: installation and removal (accessible version) – GOV.UK


Detention Services Order 05/2014

May 2022

Document details

  • Process: To provide instructions on the steps to be taken when individuals enter an immigration removal centre, short-term holding facility or pre-departure accommodation wearing an electronic tag.
  • Implementation date: July 2014 (reissued May 2022).
  • Review date: May 2024.
  • Version: 4.0.

Contains mandatory instructions

  • For action: Home Office staff and suppliers operating in immigration removal centres, short-term holding facilities and pre-departure accommodation.
  • For information: Home Office caseworkers.
  • Author and unit: Shadia Ali, Corporate Operations and Oversight Team.
  • Owner: Head of Detention Operations.
  • Contact point: Frances Hardy, Corporate Operations and Oversight Team.
  • Processes affected: removal of electronic tags.
  • Assumptions: N/A.
  • Notes: N/A.



1. This detention services order (DSO) provides instructions on the steps to be taken when individuals wearing, or in possession of, an electronic monitoring device enter an immigration removal centre (IRC), residential short-term holding facility (RSTHF) or pre-departure accommodation (PDA). References to “centre” in this document cover IRCs, STHFs and PDA.

2. Two separate Home Office teams operate in IRCs:

  • Immigration Enforcement Compliance team (Compliance team)
  • Immigration Enforcement Detention Engagement team (DET)

The Compliance team are responsible for all on-site commercial and contract monitoring work. The DETs interact with detained individuals face-to-face within the IRCs, on behalf of responsible officers within the removal centres. They focus on communicating and engaging with people detained at IRCs, helping them to understand their cases and reasons for detention.

There are no DETs at RSTHFs, functions which are the responsibility of the DET in RSTHFs are carried out by the supplier and overseen by the Escorting Contract Monitoring Team (ECMT). In the Gatwick PDA the role of engagement with detained individuals is covered by the local Compliance team.


3. The purpose of this instruction is to ensure that all electronic monitoring (EM) devices are removed from detained individuals prior to removal from the UK, and to ensure such devices are removed when no longer permitted or required.

4. Immigration bail can be granted subject to an electronic monitoring condition under paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016.

5. Where EM is a condition of bail individuals must be issued their EM devices at the point of release from IRC (or prison) by the EM supplier Field Monitoring Officer (FMO) working on behalf of the Home Office. The Detainee Custody Officer (DCO) will escort the EM supplier to the area in which they will be performing EM device installation (for example legal visits).


6. The following GPS monitoring devices are being introduced:

  • Fitted devices (ankle tags) with a Home Office issued mobile phone (low specification, without camera or Wi-Fi technology).
  • Non-fitted devices, which are detachable but will require the person to submit daily biometric data verification at random intervals. This may be issued in rare circumstances where an ankle tag is deemed unsuitable due to vulnerability factors (where the device is available).

EM device issue (by EM supplier)

7. The Home Office appointed EM supplier will attend the IRC and issue EM devices to detained individuals upon their release. In the vast majority of cases an ankle tag will be fitted and a …….


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