Volunteers invited for independent role checking detainees’ wellbeing
THE Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is recruiting volunteers to help in a crucial scheme to ensure the welfare of people detained by Surrey Police.
Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) attend police stations at random to speak with detainees to make sure they are being treated fairly and appropriately.
Around 40 volunteers undertook the role last year and the OPCC is seeking new recruits to work in each of the county’s three custody suites – in Guildford, Staines and Salfords.
The role is independent of the police and volunteers will be provided with support and training to carry out the role effectively.
Applicants must be aged over 18 and live, study or work within the Surrey policing borders. The post is unpaid, however travel expenses are reimbursed. Each custody visit is unannounced and undertaken in pairs.
“Our ICV volunteers come from all walks of life and provide an essential service for the rights and wellbeing of people held in custody in this county,” Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro explained.
“I would urge anyone who is interested in volunteering to consider applying.
“It is a great opportunity to do something really different and interesting while taking on a role that can make a real difference.”
The closing applications is September 30.
To complete an application form or learn more about becoming an ICV, call ICV manager Erika Dallinger on 01483 630200.
Surrey Police is also advertising paid roles, including a health and safety advisor, audit officer, force control room operator and a personal assistant to the Police and Crime Commissioner. date for Saturday
Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro