Could you help to independently check on the welfare of people held in police custody?
Independent custody visiting is a vital part of the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) in ensuring the police service is open and accountable to the people it serves.
This is the well established Independent Custody Visiting scheme where volunteers visit Police Centres to check on the welfare of Detainees in Custody, the conditions in which they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed. This offers protection to both Detainees and the Police and allows members of the public a real insight into conditions in Custody.
The Police and Crime Commissioner has the statutory responsibility for the delivery of the Independent Custody Visiting scheme.
The vast majority of the public will never see the inside of a police cell. However open days and the Citizens Academy allows more access with the aim of making the policing service more open and transparent. The ICV scheme aims to give confidence to the general public regarding the Custody facilities and welfare, rights and entitlements of detainees. The Custody facilities are designed to hold people securely and safely whilst an investigation takes place.
Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) visit detained people to ensure that they have been offered their legal rights and entitlements and also check on their welfare. ICVs have said:
"It's all about seeing people to show there are others that care about you."
"To be charged and put into a detention cell, locked-up with my freedom denied would be my worst nightmare. To know that someone is around to check that I am being properly cared for, that someone knows that I am here, that I have rights would be a great comfort to me. The ICV services does just that. I am proud to be part of that service."
To view Annual Reports click here.
Find out how to apply to be an ICV here.
For more information or if you have any questions about Independent Custody Visiting in Avon and Somerset you can email email@example.com.