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New year, looking for a new experience – become a Custody Visitor?


Looking for a new experience - become a Custody Visitor?

Has the focus of a new year inspired you to try something different, gain a new experience and consider volunteering? If so Commissioner Sue Mountstevens needs your help in becoming an Independent Custody Visiting Volunteer.

Independent Custody Visiting is an important part of the Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in ensuring that the policing service is open and accountable to the people it serves.

As an Independent Custody Visiting Volunteer you will be responsible for visiting police stations unannounced, checking on the welfare of those in police custody and ensuring detainee rights and entitlements are being observed.

Sue Mountstevens said: "This is a great opportunity for someone looking for an exciting and rewarding volunteering role. In volunteering as an Independent Custody Visitor you are enabling me to hold the police to account on behalf of local people.

"By gaining independent insight into police custody and reporting your findings to me we can ensure policing is transparent and that local people have confidence in their police service. Do something different, become a custody visiting volunteer now."

If you are over aged 18, live or work in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area, have not had any direct involvement in the criminal justice system and could carry out the role of a custody visitor independently, then we want to hear from you.

Custody Visiting and Voluntary Sector Officer Anna Hill said: "Full training will be provided to all custody visiting volunteers and you will also have the opportunity to meet with coordinators, Inspectors and other visitors at quarterly meetings.

"As a volunteer you can visit a police station unannounced at any time, check cells and other facilities such as toilets within custody are clean and examine custody records, which record everything that happens to someone while in police custody."

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

If you are interest in applying to become an Independent Custody Visiting Volunteer or finding our more about custody visiting in Avon and Somerset please visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk.

Posted on Monday 12th January 2015
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