Independent Custody Visitors
The Office of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has a team of volunteers drawn from all walks of life who carry out the role of Independent Custody Visitor.
Our valued custody visitors are volunteers from local communities who reside within the Humberside Police area of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire. They make unannounced visits (in pairs) to police custody in Hull and Grimsby, monitoring the welfare of people in detention.
Our volunteers check on conditions in custody suites, speak to detainees in police cells about their treatment and follow up any concerns raised in relation to detainee welfare and treatment.
Our custody visiting scheme is independent of the police and anyone aged 18 years and above may apply, providing that they are not employed by, or related to those employed by, the police, OPCC, magistrates or solicitors (to prevent conflict of interest). Travel expenses are reimbursed and training is provided.
Custody visiting schemes are supported by ICVA, the Independent Custody Visiting Association, which is a member of the UK National Preventative Mechanism (NPM).
In a video message, ICVA’s Chief Executive gives a brief overview of the role of Independent Custody Visitors, thanks those who have continued their role during extraordinary times, and tells you how to get involved if you would like to volunteer.
We are currently seeking additional Custody Visitors, and if you are interested in applying to join the scheme, click the links below for further information.
What is an Independent Custody Visitor
Independent Custody Visitor Role Profile