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Volunteers needed to check on police custody areas

Created on 02/06/2017 @ 15:36
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Independent visitors are needed to drop in on Newtown’s custody suite as part of scheme to check on the welfare of detainees.

The Independent Custody Visitors (ICV) scheme us run by the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, 
Dafydd Llywelyn who has as issued an appeal for such volunteers across the force area.

The role entails visiting Newtown’s custody suites in pairs, unannounced, at any time of the day or night and providing an independent check on the welfare of the detainees in custody. 

“You would be part of a dynamic volunteer team who checks on conditions at police cells,” said Mr Llywelyn.

More than 7,400 people are kept in Dyfed-Powys police cells every year. By law, they have rights such as accessing legal and medical help, and there’s government guidance on matters such as cell cleanliness and safety. 

Mr Llywelyn said: “Our ICVs perform a valuable function; their work helps to reassure local people that detainees in our communities are being treated fairly.

“This scheme – and others run by my office – help protect vulnerable people and ensure professionalism in Dyfed-Powys Police.

“They offer superb opportunities and I urge local residents to get involved.”
Training is given for volunteers  and expenses offered.

Anyone interested in becoming an independent custody visitor can log on to or call 01267 226440.

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