Independent Custody Visitors
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.
The figures below show the number of unannounced visits to the custody suites in Humberside:
ICV Data for the year April - March 2018/2019
|| 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
The table below shows the issues raised by custody visitors:
Examples of issues raised by detainees to visitors in 2019/2020
| Date|| Issue|| Resolution|
||Detainee needed someone to know he was in custody.
||Phone call to wife.
||Detainee wanted a shower.
||Detainee was allowed to use the shower.
||Detainee was bored and wanted something to read.
||Detainee was given newspaper, magazine and books.
||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
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