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Volunteers celebrated at annual custody conference


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Volunteers who check on the welfare of people in police custody were thanked for their hard-work at special conference on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

The Independent Custody Visitors Conference hosted by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens recognised 77 volunteers who give up their time to help run the scheme across nine police stations.

The day was an opportunity to thank the volunteers and to ask them their views on the new private finance initiative (PFI) buildings in Bridgwater, Patchway and Keynsham. As well as their opinion on the current consultation for a private company to run custody and detainee transportation services across the three new sites.

Speaking at the event at police headquarters, Portishead, Sue Mountstevens said: “We have some fantastic volunteers in Avon and Somerset who selflessly give up their time to help the police and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all the work they do, it is extremely appreciated.

“Custody Visiting is a volunteer opportunity which is as important as it is unglamorous and unknown by the vast majority of the public. It’s absolutely vital in ensuring the police service is transparent and accountable to the people they serve.

“There are exciting yet challenging times ahead particularly for custody, the new PFI buildings as well as the future provision of custody services and I hope our volunteers remain enthusiastic as we are embark upon this journey.”

Independent Custody Visiting is a vital part of the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and if you would like to find out more please visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk

Avon and Somerset Constabulary are currently looking for your views on the outsourcing of custody services and you can feedback by emailing custodyfeedback@avonandsomerset.police.uk or by visiting http://www.consultation.avonandsomerset.police.uk/

The consultation closes on October 26, 2013.


Posted on Monday 7th October 2013
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