Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner, Independent Custody Visitor Volunteers

Help needed.

Independent Custody Visitors attend custody suites across the Northumbria Force area and check on detainee conditions, highlighting any concerns with custody staff and relaying information on those visits back to the Scheme Manager in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.  Volunteers on the scheme are independent and would be expected to be good team players, have excellent communication skills and show sensitivity and respect while valuing diversity.

The main tasks within this volunteer role will include:

  • to arrange custody visits with fellow visitors, in line with agreed arrangements in geographical areas
  • to keep the coordinator and fellow custody visitors informed of any problems with planned custody visits
  • to carry out custody visits to designated police stations in line with the scheme guidelines and training
  • to check on the conditions in which a detainee is kept, their health and wellbeing and their legal rights and entitlements, with reference to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE)
  • where appropriate consult the detainee’s custody record to clarify and check any concerns raised by the detainee
  • to discuss with the custody officer any concerns and requests arising from the custody visit and bring to the custody officer’s attention any issue that needs to be dealt with
  • to complete the Independent Custody Visitor report form (CV3), ensuring that all relevant information is recorded correctly, clearly and concisely
  • to distribute copies of the Independent Custody Visitor report form to the appropriate people and leave the police station
  • to complete and submit expenses claims in line with the scheme guidelines
  • to attend training sessions as appropriate (minimum of one each year)
  • to attend as appropriate panel meetings of Independent Custody Visitors
  • to carry out the duties of an Independent Custody Visitor with regard to the Health and Safety requirements of the custody visiting scheme
  • failure to comply with panel and OPCC arrangements for custody visiting will result in removal from the scheme

Volunteers need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • must be over 18 years of age
  • must live or work in the Northumbria area
  • must have been a UK resident for at least 3 years
  • demonstrate sufficient time and flexibility to carry out the role of custody visiting
  • to work with colleagues as part of a team to meet the Police and Crime Commissioner’s custody visiting programme
  • to be able to communicate well both orally and in writing
  • to be able to communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds in line with equal opportunities
  • to demonstrate an independent and impartial view in relation to all parties involved in the custody visiting process
  • to be able to maintain confidentiality

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police are committed to equality and valuing diversity within its workforce, including volunteers.  We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age and disability.

Contact Person

Kate Marshall

Venue Address

United Kingdom

54.7023545, -3.2765753