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Somerset needs you - become a custody visitor!

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Somerset needs you - become a custody visitor!

Independent custody visiting is a vital part of the work of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and we are looking for people from Bridgwater and Taunton to join the team!

Custody visiting is the well-established system whereby volunteers visit police stations to check on people in police custody; the conditions in which they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed.

Custody Visiting and Volunteering Officer, Lorna Muffett said: “Independent custody visitors play an important part in assisting Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in her role in ensuring the police service is open and accountable to the people it serves.

“The vast majority of the public will never see the inside of a police cell but this essential volunteer role  offers protection to both detainees and the police and gives local people a real insight into conditions in custody.”

  • Are you over 18?
  • Do you live or work in the Avon and Somerset Force area?
  • Can you say that you have not had any direct involvement in the Criminal Justice System?
  • Could you carry out the role of a custody visitor independently with an objective point of view?

If the answer to these questions is YES, then why not consider applying to become a custody visitor.

Independent Custody Visitors are expected to attend one visit a month and four meetings a year. Expenses and training are provided.

If you are interested in applying to become an Independent Custody Visitor please contact lorna.muffett@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816385.

 

Posted on Wednesday 11th September 2013
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