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Independent Custody Visitors

PCC Matthew Scott
Custody visiting allows members of the public to check on the welfare of people being detained in police custody.

What do independent custody visitors do?

Independent Custody Visitors make unannounced visits to custody suites around the county to check on the welfare of detained persons, ensure they have received their rights and make sure they are being held in conditions that are up to standard.

Volunteers in Kent visit the following stations:
  • Ebbsfleet
  • Medway
  • Bluewater
  • Maidstone
  • Tonbridge
  • Margate
  • Folkestone
  • Canterbury
  • Longport
Each visit to a police station cell is undertaken by two volunteers who then submit a report to the Police and Crime Commissioner. However the information is monitored regularly by the PCC's staff and Kent Police to ensure any important issues are dealt with swiftly.

ICVs are expected to visit custody suites as often as once a month and attend training sessions, between two and four panel meetings per year, and an Annual General Meeting.

Although Independent Custody visitors are voluntary (unpaid members of the local community) they do receive traveling expenses (mileage/parking) when undertaking visits.

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