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Interested in becoming an ICV?

In May 2022 we completed a phase of recruitment and are not currently inviting new applications. There is a sample aplication can which you can view here.

When we recruit, this is via the OPCC website, social media as well as Devon and Cornwall Alert - you can register for this via the Devon and Cornwall police website:

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 relevant security checks. You will be issued with an official identity card, which you use when visiting.

Following clearance, you will be invited to attend a familiarisation visit to custody, and Induction training, organised by the coordinator of the scheme.

The training programme covers all aspects of custody visiting and is complemented by a set of guidelines and the basic principles of the PACE. Further training will be arranged to keep you informed on new developments and to share experiences.

Once appointed, you will develop your experience as you visit. You will be accompanied each time you visit by an experienced visitor and receive support from the scheme manager.  When you have the necessary skills and knowledge, your probation will be reviewed, and your appointment confirmed for a set period. Further training will take place during your time as an ICV including mandatory equality, diversity and human rights training.

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Please contact us by email at if you have any further queries.