Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has visited Preston Police Station to see the work of Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) in action.
Clive Grunshaw went to the custody suite with volunteers, who make unannounced visits to the station every week to check on conditions and make sure those who are being kept in the cells are treated with dignity and respect.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for recruiting ICVs, who act independently from the police. A recruitment drive is currently underway and the Commissioner urged anybody interested in volunteering to contact his office.
Mr Grunshaw said: “Lancashire Constabulary is an outstanding force and ICVs help us to make sure that standard does not slip.
“It was really interesting to visit Preston custody suite with the volunteers and to see for myself the essential work that they do.
“ICVs are absolutely vital to ensure we continue to work to the highest standards and I would encourage anybody considering volunteering to find out more information. ICVs tell me they find their work rewarding because they have the chance to speak up for vulnerable people and make a difference to their communities.”
Lancashire’s ICVs also took part in a coordinated visit, alongside their colleagues from Cumbria, Greater Manchester, North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside.
If you would like to find out more information about becoming an ICV, please call 01772 532251.
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