Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has launched a hunt for new volunteers to become part of his custody welfare scheme.
The Commissioner and his office run the countywide Independent Custody Visiting Scheme which sees volunteers, known as Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs), making unannounced visits to detainees in police custody ICVs to make an impartial check on the conditions and welfare of those being held in police custody.
Paddy Tipping explained: "ICVs perform a really important role. They provide independent reassurance that Nottinghamshire's custody facilities and the detainees meet the highest quality and welfare standards.
"Volunteers don't need any prior experience as we provide full training, but we would like to recruit people from a range of ages, backgrounds and experiences who accurately represent our local community.
"It's also a really interesting thing to do. ICVs make a valuable contribution to policing and are among a whole army of public volunteers who donate their time willingly to help us deliver a better policing service.
"The visits they undertake also help to highlight current or potential problems so that they can be resolved swiftly to ensure the rights and entitlements of detainees are always upheld and that standards are subject to continual improvement."
Volunteers undertake an average of two visits per month. It is important that these visits are made at different times of the week, day and night. All visitors are expected to have immediate access to the custody suite unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Following a visit, the ICVs record the outcomes of their inspection. Any negative feedback is quickly reported to the Commissioner to enable him to address it with the Force for resolution.
An information evening is planned for Thursday 10 January between 4 - 7 pm at Radford Road Police Station to provide interested parties with an insight into what is involved and the role they could play across Nottinghamshire's custody facilities.
Any questions should be directed to Kayt Radford by email at the above address or by phone 0115 9670999 extension 318 9944.