South Yorkshire PCC calls for volunteers to support custody visitor scheme

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is asking local volunteers to support the Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) Scheme, to ensure those in police custody are receiving fair and proper treatment.

The PCC is seeking new volunteers to join the ICV scheme, who will play a vital role by visiting custody suites in the county, speaking with those being detained and reporting back to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office with their findings.

ICVs are provided with appropriate training and make visits in pairs to custody suites of their choice in Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley. Visits can take place at any time of the day or night.

Dr Alan Billings, PCC, said: “ICVs play a crucial role in safeguarding the rights and well-being of individuals in police custody.

“Your role will involve ensuring that detainees are treated with respect, dignity, and in accordance with established guidelines. This volunteer position offers a valuable chance to contribute to the community and foster a sense of trust between police and the public.”

The ICV scheme welcomes applications from all backgrounds, and no prior experience is necessary; full training is provided.

To express your interest or learn more about this opportunity, please click here.