Friday, 3 September 2010

Could you be Independent Custody Visitors

Cumbria Police Authority is looking for Volunteers to join its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme

Cumbria Police Authority is looking to recruit independent members of the community living within the Barrow, Copeland and Allerdale areas of County. Independent Custody Visitors, visit Custody Suites unannounced, always working in pairs, to check on the welfare of the people in police custody. This scheme aims to improve public confidence in the police and help the Police Authority to gain a clear insight, into the running of custody facilities within the county.

Independent Custody Visitors must be impartial at all times. They don’t take sides, but look, listen and report on what they find. Independent Custody Visitors are volunteers who receive no payment, though their expenses will be met.

Anyone who is at least 18 years of age, and lives or works in Cumbria may apply. However, anyone in the police service, such as police officers, special constables, police staff and members of the Police Authority are ineligible.

Rob Huck, the Police Authority’s Lead Member for custody said “I would encourage anyone with an interest in policing or welfare matters to apply. This role provides an unique insight into the working of the police service”

The closing date for the applications is Friday 1st October 2010. Anyone requiring further information should contact:

Joanne Thornborrow
Cumbria Police Authority
Carleton Hall
Penrith CA10 2AU
Telephone 01768 217416

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