Welcoming the award, David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey said: “I am incredibly pleased that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has been awarded gold in the ICVA Quality Assurance awards.
Both, Erika (Scheme Manager) and the volunteers themselves have worked exceptionally hard over the last twelve months to ensure both impartiality and that the welfare of those in custody has been met.
Martyn Underhill, Chairman of ICVA, said: “These awards recognise the standard of scheme being run in the area, and help drive up the standards of our schemes across the UK. Warm congratulations to all of the winners.”
Katie Kempen, Chief Executive at ICVA said: “Independent custody visiting schemes ensure that the public have oversight of a high pressure and often hidden area of policing. These awards demonstrate how local schemes use volunteer feedback to make change and ensure that police custody is safe and dignified for all. I congratulate schemes on their accomplishments.”
If you’re interested in becoming an ICV, the OPCC is currently seeking new recruits to work in the custody suite at Salfords Police Station, near Redhill.
You must be over the age of 18 and live, study or work within the Surrey policing borders and although the posts are voluntary and unpaid, travelling expenses are reimbursed.
For further information and to get involved with ICV’s in Surrey:
ICV Scheme Manager
Telephone: 01483 630200