Opportunity Code: VH104-10077
Closing Date to Apply: -
Purpose: Independent Custody Visitors are members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the welfare of people in police custody. ICVs come from a variety of backgrounds and sections of the community. Visits to police stations at Middlehaven and Hartlepool.
Visits are paired with another ICV, random and unannounced and usually conducted once per week. Visits will normally be contained to police stations with the local area of the ICV. ICVs must treat the details of what they see and hear on their visits confidential. ICVs will work in a voluntary capacity and mileage/public transport costs can be claimed at an agreed rate.
A report is completed after each visit which provides an insight into the running of the custody area at that time. Data from these reports is analysed and the areas for action are highlighted. This information is shared with the police, Police and Crime Commissioner and the Home Office.
Time needed from Volunteer:
Skills Experience & Qualifications:
Successful applicants attend a training session which will cover detainees rights and police responsibilities
You will speak with people detained in custody, check their welfare and the conditions in which they are being held and submit reports on their visits. You will work in pairs and will carry out a minimum of six visits per year.
•must not be justices of the peace, serving police officers or civilian employees, appropriate adults; members or staff from police and crime commissioners or special constables.
•may have their applications appraised if there appears to be a conflict of interest for people working in other areas of the criminal justice system, such as solicitors and members of the probation service.
•always work as volunteers and only receive out of pocket expenses incurred while carrying out their roles.
•must have a good understanding of the English language - or Welsh, where appropriate - as all ICVA guidelines, reporting and recording procedures are available in either English or Welsh.
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