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PCC welcomes new Independent Custody Visitors

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and deputy Sue Arnold meet six of the new custody visitors.

ELEVEN new Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) will be welcomed into the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner – boosting their numbers to just under 50.

The latest ICV recruits underwent a thorough training course and briefing following a successful application process.

Six have already passed their training, with five due to complete shortly. They were be dispatched across Staffordshire, following familiarisation training.

The 47 ICVs are appointed by the PCC to check on the well-being of people held in custody by Staffordshire Police.  They make regular, unannounced visits to custody sites throughout the year.

Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: ‘Volunteers play a huge part in society and local communities.

‘Independent Custody Visitors are central to ensuring an open and transparent police service. They provide an invaluable and understated service.

‘I am delighted to welcome our new members and wish them every success in their roles.’

The visitors work to a strict code of conduct and are fully trained before they embark on their special duties.

They work in pairs and can check police cells – where they are granted access to detainees – at any time of the day or night to make sure custody rules are being observed.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and deputy Sue Arnold meet six of the new custody visitors.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis and deputy Sue Arnold meet six of the new custody visitors.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold added: ‘Independent Custody Visitors make a difference, not just to people in custody, but in promoting public confidence in the system which is essential to making Staffordshire safer.

‘We are now close to breaking the 50 barrier, which is wonderful.

‘It just goes to show how dedicated and committed our volunteers are to making Staffordshire a safer and better place for all.’

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