It’s Volunteers Week – you can make a difference! Have you got some time to spare to ensure the wellbeing and rights of detainees are upheld in police cells?

02-Jun-2017

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn is seeking volunteers to act as Independent Custody Visitors (ICV) across the Dyfed-Powys area, but particularly in Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The vital role entails visiting custody suites in pairs, unannounced, at any time of the day or night and providing an independent check on the welfare of the detainees in custody. You would be part of a dynamic volunteer team who checks on conditions at police cells.

More than 7,400 people are kept in Dyfed-Powys police cells every year. By law, they have rights such as accessing legal and medical help, and there’s Government guidance on matters such as cell cleanliness and safety. To help in this process Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn operates his Independent Custody Visiting Scheme.

Mr Llywelyn said: “Our ICVs perform a valuable function; their work helps to reassure local people that detainees in our communities are being treated fairly.

“This scheme – and others run by my office – help protect vulnerable people and ensure professionalism in Dyfed-Powys Police.

“They offer superb opportunities and I urge local residents to get involved.”

Training is given for volunteers – and expenses offered.

You can make a difference! If you’re interested in becoming an independent custody visitor log on to www.dyfedpowys-pcc.org.uk/en/work-with-me/volunteer/independent-custody-visitors/ or call 01267 226440.

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Notes

What is a Police and Crime Commissioner? PCCs are not the police – as the elected voice of the public, they make the police answerable to the communities they serve. They work in partnership across a range of agencies to ensure a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

What can they do? PCCs aim to cut crime, deliver an effective and efficient police service, provide stronger and more transparent accountability of the police, hold chief constables and the force to account, ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible and improve local relationships. Day-to-day policing operations are directed by chief constables.

Who is the Dyfed-Powys PCC? Dafydd Llywelyn was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys in May 2016. Before that he had extensive experience of working within criminal justice, with more than 13 years at Dyfed-Powys Police. He was the force’s principal crime and intelligence analyst before becoming a lecturer in criminology at Aberystwyth University.

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