7th June 2023

Deputy Commissioner custody visit highlights importance of volunteers

During the visit, Mr. Pratt gained valuable insights into the experiences of detainees within the facility and the work of the volunteers.

The ICV scheme is delivered by the Commissioner’s office and the presence of ICVs serves as a vital safeguard, providing an independent perspective on the treatment of those in custody. As volunteers, ICVs carry out unannounced visits to local police stations, acting as independent observers and evaluators of the conditions and treatment provided to detainees.

Speaking about the visit, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Pratt emphasised the immense value that volunteers bring to the criminal justice system.

He said:

“Independent Custody Visitors play a critical role in providing reassurance and oversight in relation to those detained in custody and ensuring transparency, something which is instrumental in maintaining public trust and confidence in our police force.

“Their presence provides a much-needed independent view, helping us to identify any areas that may need improvement and help maintain the high standards we expect across Lancashire. By making unannounced visits and engaging with detainees and custody officers, ICVs contribute to the constant evaluation and improvement of our custody facilities.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities, and their dedication and commitment to serving others should be commended. National Volunteers Week is a fantastic time to recognise the work that they do across the county within policing and across a variety of different sectors.”

If you would like more information on the role of the ICV or interested in becoming an ICV please visit our website via Independent Custody Visitors – Lancashire Police Crime Commissioner (lancashire-pcc.gov.uk)

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