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Custody Visiting

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) provide an independent check on the welfare of people who are detained in custody.

Check out what some of our current custody visitors had to say about their role:

What are ICVs?

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are volunteers drawn from all walks of life whose main role is to provide an independent check on the welfare of people who are detained in police custody. They do this by making random visits in pairs to police custody suites throughout the County and reporting their findings.

There are currently 22 Independent Custody Visitors who make regular visits to Dorset Police custody suites. The ICVs also meet on a quarterly basis to discuss their findings at a Team meeting chaired by Mr Colin Ellis and attended by senior members of Dorset Police including the Assistant Chief Constable and the Custody Manager.

Custody Visitors are appointed and overseen by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and are totally independent of the police force. They carry out an important and highly valued role that helps to strengthen police accountability.

The custody visiting role is extremely important. Detainees are able to raise concerns about their detention with the custody visitor who can then raise the issue with officers to solve the problem.

More Information

 Read the ICV Visit Reports here. 

 24 Hours in Police Custody

At the beginning of 2020, Channel Four televised a special edition of 24 Hours in Police Custody. The show was really difficult, but showed some effective care in custody the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) prepared a short blog which explained the key processes seen in the show. Read ICVA's blog on 24 Hours in Police Custody here.

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