Independent Custody Visitor Volunteer

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Are you looking for a challenging but rewarding volunteering position?
Do you want to make a difference?
Would you like to undertake a meaningful voluntary role?
Have you ever deliberated whether detainees in custody are being treated fairly and in accordance with their rights?

If so, we are opening recruitment for our Independent Custody Visitor scheme in Northumbria.
Independent Custody Visitors attend custody suites across the Northumbria Force area and check on detainee conditions, highlighting any concerns with custody staff and relaying information on those visits back to the Scheme Manager in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office. Volunteers on the scheme are independent and would be expected to be good team players, have excellent communication skills and show sensitivity and respect whilst valuing diversity.

We are looking to recruit volunteers to join our team of Independent Custody Visitors in the Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside or Sunderland areas.
Independent Custody Visitors:

  • must be over 18.
  • must not be Justices of the Peace, serving police officers or civilian employees, members of staff from Police and Crime Commissioners offices or special constables.
  • may have their applications appraised if there appears to be a conflict of interest for people working in other areas of the criminal justice system such as solicitors and members of the probation service.
  • always work as volunteers and only receive out of pocket expenses incurred while carrying out their roles.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police are committed to equality and valuing diversity within its workforce, including volunteers. We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on grounds of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age and disability.

How to Apply
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