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Interested in becoming an ICV?

To find out if we are currently recruiting ICVs or if you would like to find out more, please contact the office on 01392 225555 or opcc@dc.police.uk

You will need to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the role of an Independent custody visitor;
  • Commitment to the role;
  • Respect for and understanding of equality, diversity and human rights;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Impartiality.

If you are successful at interview, you will be asked to go through vetting in order for the relevant security checks to be carried out. You will be issued with an official identity card, which you must use when visiting.

Following clearance, you will be invited to attend an Induction day, organised by the coordinator of the scheme.

The training programme is made up of practical and theoretical exercises covering all aspects of custody visiting and is complemented by a set of guidelines and the basic principles of the PACE. Further training sessions will be arranged locally to keep you informed on new developments and to share experiences.

Once appointed you will complete a probationary period of approximately six months. During this time you will have made at least twelve visits. On completion of your probation your appointment is made, which is subject to review and renewal for a set period. All of your initial visits are completed with the full support of an experienced visitor and you will aim to carry out two per month. Further training will take place during your time as an ICV including mandatory equality, diversity and human rights training, which will include information regarding the general duty on public sector organisations and the Human Rights Legislation.