30 Nov 2023
The Dyfed-Powys Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is excited to announce opportunities for community members to join the Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) Scheme, a crucial initiative aimed at safeguarding the rights and well-being of detainees in police custody.
The Independent Custody Visitor Scheme, a cornerstone of our commitment to transparency and accountability, relies on dedicated volunteers who visit police custody areas unannounced, day or night, to ensure the rights of detainees are upheld and their well-being is protected.
Key Responsibilities of Independent Custody Visitors:
- Conduct unannounced visits to local police stations in pairs.
- Provide an independent check on the welfare of detainees.
- Assess the conditions in which detainees are being held.
- Raise any concerns or issues observed during visits.
These vigilant volunteers play a vital role in upholding the highest standards of policing by offering an unbiased perspective on the treatment and conditions experienced by individuals in custody. The issues raised by our Independent Custody Visitors are carefully considered by the Police, and regular updates are provided to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn encourages community members from diverse backgrounds to consider joining the Independent Custody Visitor Scheme.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said: “The Independent Volunteer Scheme is a valuable asset in maintaining the integrity of our Police Force. Through our volunteer schemes we strive to build trust between the community and law enforcement.
“ICVs play a vital role in ensuring that the rights of detainees are protected, and conditions in custody areas are of the highest standard. By joining this scheme, community members can actively contribute to the maintenance of a fair, just, and accountable criminal justice system.
How to Get Involved:
For those interested in finding out more about becoming an Independent Custody Visitor, please visit our volunteer pages on our website where you can also find further information on the application process.
Alternatively, you can contact the Office via email: OPCC@dyfed-powys.police.uk
Closing date for receiving applications is 20 December 2023.