Vacancy Reference:

Vacancy Type:
Police Staff

Employment Type:

Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

Working Hours:
Part Time


Closing Date:

Vacancy Information
Independent Custody Visiting Scheme Manager, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
Part-time, 20 hours per week (although there is an expectation that there may be additional out of hours working).
Guildford HQ, with the requirement to attend regular meetings and undertake visits across the region and London.
Salary – Surrey Police Pay Scale G, starting point £25,324 (pro rata), plus unsocial hours payment of £1164 (pro rata)

The Role
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Surrey is responsible for overseeing the work of Surrey Police, holding the Chief Constable to account and helping to tackle the crime issues that matter to local people.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Independent Custody Visiting Scheme Manager. This important role manages a large volunteer team to provide an independent service which works to ensure the welfare of detainees within force custody. It requires a strong communicator, capable of problem solving and overseeing practice to maintain the scheme’s recognised high performance.

Key Responsibilities
In this role you will regularly interact with police officers and staff who are frequently under pressure. Therefore, an ability to maintain independence whilst having a collaborative working style and utilising good interpersonal skills, is essential.
There will be a need to work flexibly, to manage seasonal demand, up to 16 evening meetings and four Saturday commitments per year.

Skills & Experience
Please see job profile for full details of skills & experience required

To apply

To apply, please submit your application here by Friday 28th April 2017.

If you have any queries about this job, please contact Craig Jones, Criminal Justice Policy Officer on 01483 637683 or by emailing

Diversity Statement
We are committed to creating a diverse police service, which reflects the community we serve. We value diversity and inclusion and want to attract the best people for the roles available, regardless of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability, social status or religious beliefs.

Additional Information
Surrey Police Vacancies are advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes, this may lead to a vacancy being withdrawn after advertising.

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:

Time commitment

– 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. SYPS01031