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Custody visitor volunteers required
Volunteers interested in making unannounced visits to police custody to check on detainee’s conditions are being asked to come forward.

The Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s office runs the award-winning scheme which ensures suspects are provided with the proper rights, treatment and advice.

As part of the current National Volunteer’s Week people who live or work in the county are being asked to join the team of 37 Independent Custody Visitors.

They will be responsible for carrying out inspections at Hertfordshire’s two police custody suites in Stevenage and Hatfield, which are visited around 150 times a year as part of the scheme.

Volunteers work in pairs, will be given full training plus expenses and are expected to do around eight visits annually.

   Custody Volunteers Sharifa Chaudry and Rod Cates inspect the facilities at Stevenage Police station
Mr Lloyd said: “While I am increasing frontline officer numbers this year to their highest since 2011, more than 40 per cent of the county’s residents regularly lend their time to support others. 

“The police and the criminal justice services are hugely aided by the direct involvement of local people prepared to volunteer their own time to do something for their community. 

“As citizens I strongly believe we all have a role to play in creating and maintaining a safe community and keeping Hertfordshire the safe county that it is today.

“I have responsibility to empower people and provide them with the opportunity to do their bit both by working with the police and by developing a wider volunteering agenda. The ICV volunteers perform a vital and rewarding role.

The Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme offers protection and confidentiality to detainees and the police, as well as reassuring the community at large. The aim of the scheme is to enable you as an ICV to visit police stations in order to inspect the upholding of detainee rights, health and wellbeing, in addition to auditing the condition of custody suites. It aims to have volunteers from all backgrounds to match the demographics of the county.

Last month the Hertfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner office won a prestigious national award for the quality of its independent custody visiting scheme.

The inaugural Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) Quality Assurance awards granted its scheme a Silver Award for the way it was run.

To volunteer or for an informal chat contact Stephanie Evans, Volunteer Officer on 01707 806147 or email stephanie.evans@herts.pnn.police.uk
You can get more details from visiting the Commissioner’s website http://hertscommissioner.org/ICV