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Meeting with volunteer Independent Custody Visitors
2nd June 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
What is Independent Custody Visiting?
Independent Custody Visiting enables independent members of the local community to visit police stations unannounced to check on the welfare of people in police custody.
How does the Custody Visiting Scheme operate?
Who are Independent Custody Visitors?
Independent Custody Visitors are volunteers who come from many backgrounds and sections of the community. They must be over 18 and either live or work in Cumbria. Serving police officers, special constables and anyone working for Cumbria Constabulary, along with any other people with a direct involvement in the criminal justice system are excluded from the scheme to ensure its independence. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is not allowed to pay Custody Visitors to make visits but expenses are reimbursed.
All newly appointed Independent Custody Visitors receive induction training before making any visits. Every year Cumbria holds an annual conference for all visitors and the six Offices of the Police & Crime Commissioner in the North West of England and North Wales hold a regional conference each year which custody visitors from Cumbria can attend. All appointments are for three years and Independent Custody Visitors can serve for a maximum of nine years in the scheme.