Cus­tody scheme is hailed

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

THE Of­fice of the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Dyfed-Powys has won a pres­ti­gious na­tional award for the qual­ity of its In­de­pen­dent Cus­tody Vis­it­ing Scheme.

In Dyfed-Powys, 26 volunteers – In­de­pen­dent Cus­tody Vis­i­tors – make unan­nounced vis­its to po­lice cus­tody to check on the rights, en­ti­tle­ments, well-be­ing and dig­nity of de­tainees held in po­lice cus­tody. They re­port their find­ings to po­lice and crime com­mis­sion­ers, who in turn hold the chief con­sta­ble to ac­count.

The in­au­gu­ral In­de­pen­dent Cus­tody Vis­it­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ICVA) Qual­ity As­sur­ance Awards were pre­sented at the House of Lords on May 15. There were four graded lev­els of award, and the Dyfed-Powys scheme re­ceived the gold stan­dard; mean­ing it pro­vides an ex­cel­lent stan­dard of cus­tody vis­it­ing and vol­un­teer man­age­ment. The scheme was es­tab­lished in Dyfed-Powys in 2001.

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