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Police custody checks under the spotlight in latest performance meeting

A scrutiny panel set up to provide oversight of police performance is to discuss the findings of Derbyshire’s custody monitoring volunteers when it meets next week.

Members of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa’s Strategic Priorities Assurance Board will meet on Monday 7th October to examine recent feedback from visits carried out by the PCC’s Independent Custody Volunteers (ICVs).

ICVs make unannounced visits to detainees in police custody to check on their welfare and the standard of facilities.

Derbyshire’s ICV scheme recently piloted a new system of custody record reviewing focusing on vulnerable detainees. Following the success of the project, the model was rolled out throughout Derbyshire as well as becoming the focus of a national pilot.

Also on the agenda at Monday’s meeting will be a progress report into the work being undertaken by the Commissioner to engage with young people and involve them in future service provision as well as tackle issues and vulnerabilities which increase their risk of harm.

Elsewhere, members will be presented with a report revealing those organisations which have been successful in applying for small grants under the Commissioner’s latest Community Action Small Grants award scheme.

Small grants of up to £2,500 are issued to organisations which support the PCC’s safety priorities including keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims of crime, tackling the emerging threat of cyber-enabled crime, tackling drugs and alcohol, supporting those with mental health issues and working with young people to break the cycle of offending and repeat victimisation. 

The meeting will take place in Conference Room 3 at Force Headquarters (Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3RS) at 1pm on Monday 7th October and will begin with 30 minutes of public questions.

Questions can be asked in person at the meeting or submitted via www.slido.com (code #SPA199), or sent via email to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (pccoffice@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk). All questions will be answered either at the meeting or shortly afterwards if the information needed is not at hand.

Members of the public are welcome to observe the full meeting but may not take part once the question period has closed.

The full agenda is available online at the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.



Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Monday 30th September 2019
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