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Information about Custody Record Reviewing

What is Custody Record Reviewing? ....


Please take a look at our Custody Record Reviewing Video which will provide an overview of what we do.



What are Independent Custody Reviewers (ICR’s)?

 ICR’s are volunteer members of the local community who review the custody records of vulnerable individuals who have been detained in Custody to check:-

  • that individuals have been detained appropraite to their needs.
  • that the detained persons health and wellbeing is taken care of
  • that they have received their legal rights and entitlements in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) Code C.

 They do this by reviewing randomly selected Custody Records of vulnerable individuals who have been detained in custody and then report upon pre-set criteria.

 ICR’s are volunteers and are not paid a salary; however expenses incurred whilst visiting Police HQ or Custody suites, such as car mileage and parking costs, are reimbursed.

 All ICR’s are appointed on a three-year renewable tenure. Newly appointed ICR’s complete a probationary period within the first six months of their tenure.


When are Custody Record Reviews undertaken?


Two sets of ICRs interrogate three Custody Records each per week (a total of 6 records).  

All record reviews will take place at Police HQ, Ripley and the exact date and time will need to be agreed with the visit partner and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.  Generally, the visits take place during the day, however, evening or weekend reviews can be facilitated if required.

Upon arriving at Police HQ the ICRs are provided with three redacted Custody Records (the redactions ensure that individuals are not identifiable as their personal information is obscured).  ICR’s will then read through the record and report upon pre-set criteria which examines if the detained person was held appropriate to their needs and in line with PACE Code C.

The pre-set criteria that ICRs report upon is contained in a Survey Gizmo format, therefore ICRs should have basic IT skills.




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