Who can be an Independent Custody Visitor in Surrey?
Independent Custody Visitors come from a variety of backgrounds and are adults aged over 18. You cannot, however, become an Independent Custody Visitor if you are a serving Police Officer or Special Constable, a serving Magistrate, or if you have been convicted of a serious crime. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey will also not appoint as Independent Custody Visitors people closely involved in the criminal justice system, such as Criminal Solicitors and Probation Officers.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey works with partners throughout the county to find volunteers from the local community to join the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme. Support for Independent Custody Visiting is an important aspect of the Commissioner’s work, as it is a job that needs doing, a true public service, and only takes a few hours every month.
How do I become an Independent Custody Visitor?
When you contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, they will send you an application form and further details of the Scheme. Your application will be considered and, if successful you will be invited to attend an interview, if that is successful you will be invited to attend a training session.