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Volunteers needed to inspect Police Custody

Do you have an interest in people’s welfare? Curious about what goes on behind the scenes in Police Custody? If you’re over 18 years of age and live or work in Cumbria, then becoming an Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) might be the perfect role for you.

ICVs are volunteers for Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Office who make unplanned visits to Police Custody across the county to ensure that the suites are clean, safe and that detainees are being treated well. Volunteers work in pairs and arrange around 12 unannounced visits a year to police stations, at any time of day and night.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “The work that the ICVs carry out is invaluable.

“With their unbiased reports, the ICV scheme helps our Police Custodies maintain the high level of service they provide to the detainees, so public can have the highest confidence in the safety and welfare of those who are detained.

“This is an exciting opportunity and if anyone is interested and has some spare time in their schedule, I would highly recommend applying to become an ICV.

“We have vacancies on our Kendal, Barrow, North and Workington panels and it would be great to fill those free slots with keen volunteers.

“Anyone interested in applying can find more information on the PCC website and I look forward to meeting the successful volunteers.”

To find out more about the role of an ICV and to apply, visit www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/what-we-do/custody-visiting. All applications must be in by Friday 8th April 2022.

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