Volunteers wanted to check welfare of people in custody

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WARWICKSHIRE Police Authority has launched a new recruitment appeal.

The authority is looking for people who would like to help maintain high quality conditions for people detained in police custody in Leamington Spa by carrying out independent custody visits.

Independent custody visitors carry out random, unannounced visits to police stations in their area to check and report on the welfare of people being held in custody. The visits can take place at any time of the day.

Full training is provided to all volunteers and travel expenses are reimbursed.

Neil Gulliver, Deputy Chief Executive for Warwickshire Police Authority, said: “This is a vitally important role and we need more volunteers to help in carrying out these checks to ensure people are safe and well within the county’s custody cells.

“We are recruiting to the Southern Custody Visiting Panel who visit the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa.

“The role of the volunteers is to carry out independent checks on the conditions and welfare of those held in police custody.

“Volunteers do not need to have any previous experience in this field and visits can be arranged to fit in with work and other commitments.

“This is an important role which promotes public confidence in the actions of the force and we welcome all applications.”

For further details and an application form to apply to become an independent custody visitor, please contact Warwickshire Police Authority by telephone on (01926) 412322, by email at policeauthority@warwickshire.gov.uk or by visiting the website at www.warwickshirepa.gov.uk.

The closing date for applications is Friday, July 1.