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Due to unprecedented demand and unforeseen staffing issues, people calling 101 are experiencing longer waiting times than normal. Please report non-emergencies to us via our webchat and online reporting tool, but always call 999 in an emergency.

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Independent custody visitors

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 at large.

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.

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