The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland is looking for volunteers to take part in a vital scheme that gives them behind the scenes access to police custody.
Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are members of the local community who make unannounced visits to custody to ensure detainees are being treated fairly and appropriately.
The PCC is seeking new recruits to work in Cleveland Police’s custody suites in Middlehaven and Hartlepool.
Visitors will be expected to speak with people detained in custody, check their welfare and the conditions in which they are being held and submit reports on their visits.
They must be over 18 and have no direct involvement in the criminal justice system, for example, serving police officers or special constables. Other people such as solicitors or probation officers may also be excluded.
PCC Barry Coppinger said: “Becoming an Independent Custody Visitor is a brilliant opportunity for members of the public to provide independent scrutiny to ensure detainees in Cleveland custody suites are being treated fairly.
“Local communities should have confidence in the way the police treat people in custody and it’s important to me that I am seen to be holding the Force to account in keeping detainees safe.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the public to have unrestricted access to custody and I would urge anyone with an interest in seeing how it works to consider applying. You will be carrying out a crucial role in protecting the rights and wellbeing of those in custody.”
To complete an application form or learn more about becoming an ICV visit: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Independent-Custody-Visiting-Scheme.aspx or contact the Standards and Scrutiny Manager Elise Pout on Elise.Pout@Cleveland.pnn.police.uk
Posted on Monday 23rd April 2018