Independent Custody Visitors are members of the public recruited by the Police and Crime Commissioner to visit police stations at random to check on the treatment of people held in custody by the police.
As an Independent Custody Visitor, you would have a vital role in ensuring the welfare of persons in police custody in Surrey. You would be assigned to a panel and, together with another Independent Custody Visitor, be asked to visit police stations in that panel area unannounced to check on the treatment of people being held in custody. The role is voluntary (unpaid), although travelling expenses are paid. A police check will be conducted on all applicants prior to their appointment.
Who can apply?
– You must be over 18 and live or work in the Surrey policing area
– Own transport is needed (travel expenses will be paid)
– No previous experience required
– You will need to be observant, impartial, able to record detail, and talk to people without judging
– Where there could be a conflict of interest (e.g. if you are also a magistrate) you will not be considered suitable If this sounds like the opportunity for you – please see further information and apply by the closing date here:
– An average of 3 to 5 hours a month
– Appointments last for 3 years
– Custody visitors are re-appraised and appointments extended every 3 years by mutual agreement
Training & support
– Full training is provided including classroom training sessions and training visits to custody
– On-going training is provided
– Custody visitors meet up in panels every quarter to discuss visits
– Annual events and conferences are available
For more information and to download the application forms for the scheme, please click here.