Independent Custody Visitors Scheme
The Independent Custody Visitors Scheme
is led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who has a duty to
maintain an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme for Bedfordshire.
This helps to ensure that the police service is open and
transparent, being accountable to the communities it serves.
Independent custody visiting is a
well-established system whereby volunteers attend police stations
to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which
they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being
observed. The scheme offers protection and confidentiality to
detainees and the police and provides reassurance to the community
If you are interested in human rights, want to
help vulnerable people and are good at listening and observing,
then you could make a difference and give something back to your
community by becoming an Independent Custody Visitor.
To find out more about the scheme or to apply
to become a volunteer, visit the
Police and Crime Commissioners website.