Vol­un­teers in­vited for in­de­pen­dent role check­ing de­tainees’ well­be­ing

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page -

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

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