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Why become an ICV?

This is your chance to offer protection to both detainees and the police, reassurance to the community at large and gain an insight into the criminal justice system by checking on the treatment of people in police custody, the conditions in which they are held, and that their rights and entitlements are being observed.

Visiting a custody centre can take between half an hour to a few hours twice a month. ICVs always visit in pairs and decide themselves when the visit is made - morning, day or night!

Custody centres receive four visits per month per station; these include Exeter, Torquay, Plymouth, Barnstaple, Newquay and Camborne. ICVs generally visit their closest two stations.

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) is a major reference for ICVs as well as equality, diversity and human rights legislation. Full training will be provided, and your first twelve visits will be with experienced visitors. Further related training is provided to increase understanding of the diverse and challenging circumstances that arise in this voluntary position.

Read Bill's experience of being an independent custody visitor >