Custody Visiting provides reassurance to the public of Derbyshire that detainees are being treated fairly
The Commissioner's office has a statutory responsibility to have an effective Independent Custody Visiting Scheme in place.
Under the scheme volunteer members of the local community visit the police custody suites in Derbyshire at any time of night or day, at least once a week, every week of the year. They speak with detainees to ensure that they have received their rights and entitlements in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), ask about the treatment they have received and check the general conditions of the facilities of detention.
Visitors are volunteers, and are not paid a salary but are reimbursed for any expenses they incur whilst carrying out their duties.
Most issues can be resolved then and there by talking with the custody officer or Duty Inspector.
At the end of their visit, before leaving the Police station, ICV's complete an electronic visit report form which is used to inform the Commissioner's office, the custody suite and the Criminal Justice Department who are in overall charge of the suites of any issues raised and actions taken.
To find out more about the scheme click on the following titles to open the documents:
Person Specification - produced by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Role Description - produced by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Code of Practice for the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme - produced by the Home Office in consultation with the Independent Custody Visiting Association
The Revised PACE Code C document were laid before Parliament on 14 May 2014 and will come into force on 2 June 2014. They have now been published on GOV.UK and are available on the following pages:
Code C at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pace-code-c-2013
Code H at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pace-code-h-2013
The latest version of the revised PACE Code C document, as issued by the Home Office, containing the new written notice can be accessed here.
The Independent Custody Association ICVA is a Home Office funded organisation set up to promote and support the effective provision of custody visiting nationally. ICVA values the work of independent custody visitors, who play a vital role in raising standards of custody and the treatment of detainees. It provides support to ICVs right across the UK. Visit their website for lots of useful information http://icva.org.uk/.