Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are appointed by the Commissioner and support him in holding the Chief Constable to account.
Independent Custody Visiting is a statutory requirement of Police & Crime Commissioners, providing independent oversight of the detention of people in police custody.
ICV recommendations can require the police to make improvements for the welfare of detainees. Therefore, they play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing.
ICVs are members of the local community who volunteer to check on the welfare of people detained in police custody. They are completely independent.
Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, ICVs continued to offer welfare checks to detainees and conducted 147 visits in person or telephone calls directly to detainees. The scheme ran throughout the lockdown periods, reverting to a remote visiting scheme, ensuring over 300 detainees still received welfare checks.