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Interested in becoming an ICV?

We are planning to recruit custody visitors later this year. Please note that we shall not be accepting applications until the recruitment process is live. If you would like to see a sample of the application pack, please click here.

Please note that we shall not be accepting applications until the recruitment process is live.

For information on this, please keep checking our website, or email

We can record your consent to contact you when the process is active.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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 develop your experience as you visit. You will be accompanied each time you visit and receive support from the scheme manager and volunteer panel co-ordinator. When you have the necessary skills and knowledge, your probation will be reviewed, and your appointment confirmed for a set period.  It is expected that you will carry out two visits per month, in addition to training and meetings. 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.

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