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Silver award for scheme to protect the welfare of people in custody

Custody Visitors with Silver Award June 2019

Some of our fantastic custody visitors with their ICVA silver award

A scheme aimed at upholding the professional treatment of detainees in police custody has been awarded a silver award for its efforts.

Cleveland Independent Custody Visitor Scheme is run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and sees volunteers making regular unannounced visits to police custody.

Visitors assess the wellbeing of detainees and ensure Middlesbrough Custody Suite is equipped with essential supplies and is in good condition.

The Cleveland scheme was assessed by the OPCC for South Wales and was awarded the silver award.

In the last year, the volunteers have made 34 unannounced visits and interviewed over 100 detainees about the support they were offered by custody and medical staff.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The custody visitors do a fantastic job on my behalf to ensure detainees in police custody are treated with dignity and respect.

“It’s so important the public have confidence that the needs of people detained by Cleveland Police are met – particularly those with vulnerabilities and medical requirements.

“I would like to take the opportunity during National Volunteers Week to thank them for their service and for assisting my office to hold Cleveland Police’s service to account.”

For more information about the custody visiting scheme, visit the PCC’s website: https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Independent-Custody-Visiting-Scheme.aspx


Posted on Wednesday 5th June 2019
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