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Commissioner thanks volunteer welfare visitors

Independent custody visitors and police dog welfare scheme volunteers have been praised for their public spirited vigilance by Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles.

Commenting on reports presented to the Strategic Governance Board (SGB) meeting at Police Headquarters in Ripley yesterday (Monday, 13 May), the Commissioner said: “These two schemes provide a valuable, impartial service, and I am most grateful to those who give up their time to ensure that conditions and rights are being observed.”

He was, he said, “delighted” to see that the schemes were operating so well.

The Independent Custody Visiting scheme involves unannounced visits to check that detainees held in custody at Buxton, Chesterfield and Derby are being properly looked after and that their legal rights and entitlements are met. “Members of the public should have confidence in Derbyshire’s detention system due to the independence of the volunteers who make the scheme possible,” Mr Charles believed.

He also thanked the Police Dog Welfare Scheme visitors whose tasks include visiting Derbyshire Constabulary’s kennels to check on the dogs’ condition and their care, pointing out that the police dogs are valued team members.

“These schemes in no way suggest that there is any problem with the dogs’ care and welfare but it is reassuring to know this has been independently assessed.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to support the work of the Commissioner will find more information on the website http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Volunteer-Schemes/Volunteer-Schemes.aspx


Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2013
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