What have the custody visitors told us from their visits?
Annual reports for the Custody Visiting scheme are produced for the Commissioner, the reports can be viewed and downloaded here:
In February 2019, ICVA’s chief operating officer visited the Northern PIC in Basingstoke, to shadow the shift of a custody nurse. You can read Sherry’s blog post about her visit on the ICVA website.
In September 2019 chief executive Katie Kempen visited the Eastern PIC in Portsmouth on a busy Saturday night. You can read Katie’s blog about her visit in the PCC’s blog section.
Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are being held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed.
There are currently 41 ICVs across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Members of the community wishing to become an ICV need to complete an application form which is returned to the Scheme Administrator. A shortlisting and interview process is undertaken and successful applicants need to attend a one day training session. Ongoing training is provided.
The Independent Custody Visitors Association (ICVA) is a Home Office, Policing Authority and Police and Crime Commissioner funded membership organisation set up to lead, support and represent PCC and Policing Authority led schemes. Local volunteers make unannounced visits to police custody to check on the rights, entitlements, wellbeing and dignity of detainees held in police custody, reporting to PCCs and Policing Authorities who hold Chief Constables to account.