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PCC seeks new volunteers for custody visit scheme

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today launched a hunt for new volunteers to become part of his custody welfare scheme.

The Commissioner leads a countywide Independent Custody Visiting Scheme which sees volunteer Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) making unannounced visits to detainees in police custody to check on their welfare and the standard of their facilities.  

An information evening is being held on March 2 to provide people interested in becoming an ICV with an insight into what is involved and the role they could play to maintain standards across Derbyshire’s custody facilities. 

Hardyal explained: “ICVs perform a vital scrutiny role, delivering independent reassurance that Derbyshire’s custody facilities and the detainees within them are subject to the highest quality and welfare standards. This helps me fulfil my ongoing duty and ambition to deliver openness and accountability to local people.

“Volunteers should have strong ethical principles and should feel comfortable challenging authority if necessary. No prior experience is needed but we are aiming to recruit volunteers from a range of ages, backgrounds and experiences to create a diverse panel of representatives.

“Our ICVs make a valuable contribution to policing and are among a whole army of public volunteers who donate their time willingly and without payment to develop a better policing service to the public.

“The visits they undertake help to highlight current or potential problems which can be resolved swiftly to ensure the rights and entitlements of detainees are always upheld and that standards are subject to continual improvement.

“I would urge anyone interested in this worthwhile volunteering scheme to apply. Our ICVs gain great satisfaction from knowing they are making a difference and contributing to their local community.” 

Volunteers complete an average of two to three visits per month, without payment, and undertake regular unpaid training as part of the role. The visits are made at different times of the day and night and the Independent Custody Visitors must have immediate access to the custody area.

Following a visit, ICVs record the outcomes of their inspection. Any negative feedback is quickly reported to the Commissioner to enable him to address it with the Force for resolution.  

The Information Evening will take place at 6pm on March 2 at Police HQ, Ripley. Anyone interested in attending should complete the online booking form at:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3338843/ICV-Open-Evening

The closing date for registration is February 28 however places are limited and early booking is advisable. If you have any further questions please contact Liz Kelly by email at: elizabeth.kelly.4817@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk or by phone 0300 122 6007.

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Posted on Wednesday 15th February 2017
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