Dear Watch Member,
Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire Kathryn Holloway is on the lookout for additional members for her volunteering team, to carry out important checks on the county’s police custody suites. Applications are now open to join the Commissioner’s Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme which assists in the monitoring of conditions in police custody, helping to increase the confidence of the public that independent checks have been carried out on detainees and of custody suites.
What does the role entail?
The scheme is currently recruiting for ten open positions to bolster its dedicated existing team of volunteers. Under the Police Reform Act 2002, all Police and Crime Commissioners are required to run a custody visiting scheme. The scheme gives the public reassurance that detainees are being treated fairly by carrying out independent checks on their welfare at a time when they may be feeling vulnerable or confused, as well as looking out for issues around cleanliness and maintenance of custody suites.
The scheme has a dedicated existing team of volunteers covering the county’s custody suites in Kempston and Luton and on the very rare occasion Dunstable. Volunteers make unannounced visits to custody in pairs once a week to each custody suite, during the day and night, seven days a week. Once on site the volunteers carry out a number of checks and file a report based on their findings for further action.
Volunteers are expected to carry out a minimum of four visits to the custody suites per annum and attend quarterly ICV panel meetings to discuss key issues raised.
For further information on the scheme, the role and the necessary application forms, please visit the Commissioner’s website at http://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/Get-Involved/Independent-Custody-Visitors.aspx
If you need to reply regarding this message, please contact:
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway