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Independent Custody Visitors

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The Office of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner employs volunteers from all walks of life to become Independent Custody Visitors.

Custody Visitors are people drawn from local communities who, as part of a team, carry out unannounced visits to police custody suites in their areas to check and report on the welfare of people being held there.

Visitors check on conditions in custody, speak to detainees and follow up any concerns they raise about their welfare.

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The figures below show the number of unannounced visits to the custody suites in Humberside: 

ICV Data October - December 2018
 Area  Total number of detainees through custody  Number of ICV visits Total number of detainees in custody at time of ICV visits  Total number of detainees unavailable  Total number of detainees visited 
 Humberside  3966  23  208 128   90

The table below shows the issues raised by custody visitors:

Issues Raised Quarter 1 2019
 Date Issue Resolution
 27/03/2019  Detainee was claustrophobic.  Detainee was moved to observation cell with large window in door.
 19/03/2019  Detainee was upset as they felt claustrophobic.  Detainee was moved to an observation cell with a large window in the door.
 11/01/2019  Detainee was cold.  Blanket was provided by custody staff.
     

The Custody Visiting scheme is totally independent of the police and anyone over 18 years old who lives in the Humberside Police area can apply to become a visitor, providing they are not already employed by, or a close relative of anyone employed by the police, the PCC’s office, magistrates or solicitors. Out of pocket expenses are paid and full training is provided.

We welcome Independent Custody Visitors from all backgrounds. ICV's in Leicestershire have helped to develop a video talking about the importance of diversity in custody visiting. Please watch the video below to find out more.

 *Video reproduced courtesy of The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire 

We are currently seeking additional Custody Visitors, and if you are interested in applying to become a Custody Visitor in the future click the links below for more information.

What is an Independent Custody Visitor

Independent Custody Visitor Job Description

Become a volunteer for this scheme

Application Form

 

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March 2018 - Report on an unannounced inspection visit to police custody suites in Humberside

HMICFRS Inspection Report - https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmiprisons/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/03/HUMBERSIDE-POLICE-Web-2017.pdf