Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, has today (Monday, 20 April) launched a recruitment campaign seeking more volunteers to help check on police custody facilities.
The Deputy is responsible for the Commissioner’s countywide Independent Custody Visiting Scheme, which sees volunteer Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) visiting detainees in police custody. They arrive, unannounced, to check on the conditions and welfare of those being held in the cells.
ICVs need good observational and thinking skills, strong ethical principles and should be comfortable challenging authority if required. Ideally the volunteers will also come from a range of backgrounds, ages and experience.
Speaking at the Strategic Governance Meeting with the Commissioner and the Chief Constable, Mr Dhindsa explained: “ICVs have a really important role, helping to ensure that the welfare and rights of people detained in police custody cells are maintained. They typify the important role that volunteers play in promoting community safety and excellent policing in Derbyshire.
“The purpose of the scheme is to provide independent verification that detainees are being looked after according to the regulations. This provides reassurance for members of the public and those who work in the custody areas.
“The visits are designed to highlight any current or potential issues in the custody cells, and if there is a problem or complaint, most issues can be dealt with at the time. Any serious issues are forwarded to the police to resolve and the outcome is reported back to me.”
“I urge anyone who is interested in the scheme and who believes they have the required skills to apply. It’s a role that our volunteers repeatedly tell me is both interesting and rewarding.”
An Open Evening for interested parties has been arranged for Thursday 7 May 2015, 5pm, at Wyatt’s Way Police Station in Ripley. Places should be booked by email email@example.com or by telephone on 0300 122 6007 before 1 May 2015.
Anyone wishing to join the scheme must live or work within Derbyshire, be over 18, have no direct involvement in the criminal justice system. The selected candidates are provided with appropriate training to enable them to carry out their visits.
For more information about the criteria, visit the ICV web page here; call 0300 122 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3RS
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Posted on Monday 20th April 2015