The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty to maintain an Independent Custody Visiting scheme for Northamptonshire. Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are volunteers who speak to people detained in custody to check on their welfare and that they receive their rights and entitlements. The Weekley Woods Justice Centre in Kettering and the Criminal Justice Centre in Brackmills, Northampton receive an ICV visit once a week.
A training programme is provided for all ICV volunteers, who will be fully supported by professional staff as they carry out their role. An ICV will carry out one visit a month and always visit in pairs.
To join the scheme you must live or work in Northamptonshire and be aged 18 or above.
It is essential that anyone interested is able to be impartial, objective and non-judgemental, as well as being able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
There are currently no vacancies for Independent Custody Visitors and details will be published here
Further information about the role can be viewed below:
HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) provide a joint programme of inspections covering every police custody suite in England and Wales. Details of previous inspections for Northamptonshire Police can be found by clicking here
Details of the scheme can also be found in our Annual Report which can be found here
You can view more about the role in the video below:
Independent Custody Visitor Application Form
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