Dearne volunteers needed for police custody welfare checks

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South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commisioner Shaun Wright is looking for volunteers to check on the welfare of people in police custody.

Independent Custody Visitor Recruitment gives volunteers a chance to offer protection to both detainees and the police and reassurance to the community at large and gain an insight into the criminal Justice system.

Independent Custody Visitors check on the treatment of people in police custody, the conditions in which they are held and ensure that their rights and entitlements are being observed.

Visiting a custody suite takes a maximum of a few hours (usually much less) a couple of times a month.

Working in pairs at all times, the volunteer and a fellow Independent Custody Visitor decide when the visit is made – at any time of the day or night.

Full training will be given and reasonable out of pocket expenses paid.

Volunteers must be over 18 years of age, live or work in South Yorkshire and because of the need to be independent, serving police officers and other serving members of the police, special constables, lay justices cannot be independent custody visitors.

Recruitment will open in the New Year.

To register interest, send contact details to: