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Interested in becoming an ICV?

We particularly welcome applications from diverse members of the community. Support prior to application is available from the Positive-Action team. Positive action is a range of support initiatives for people from under-represented groups who are looking for volunteering opportunities with us. Please ask if you require further information or support prior to application.

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. Please note that having a previous conviction is not necessarily a bar to applying as each application is considered individually.

If you would like to hear more about our current recruitment plans, please email the office on The person specification is provided here.