Gloucestershire’s Compass House is a newly built state of the art custody suite in Quedgeley. The building has been carefully designed around the custody process, which sees the custody charge area centrally located allowing a line of sight down the wings, made up of 50 cells and 10 holding cells. It also encompasses two van docks, a secure compound and staff and visitor parking.
We currently have 16 Independent custody visitors (ICVs) from the local community who come from a variety of backgrounds, ages and sectors. Our ICVs carry out unannounced and impartial visits at least once a fortnight. On these visits they check on the rights, health, wellbeing and treatment of detainees. After each of their visits they write a report which tells the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner how the police are running custody and whether or not they need to make changes or be praised for best practice.
What people say about the scheme
“I have a dual interest in justice and fairness and ensuring Human Rights are being upheld in custody is an empowering responsibility as well as a privilege.” Lesley
“I enjoy my role as an ICV working with likeminded volunteers in representing the community to ensure the safeguarding of detainees being held in custody.” Paul
“The Gloucester office have invested a great deal in improving their scheme and this was apparent throughout my time there. I met their excellent co-ordinator, new ACC and visited their single custody suite, which is new and impressive. We were able to discuss voluntary interviews, TACT visits and how to ensure that ICV feedback is used by policy teams and links to their wider work.” Katie Kempen – Chief Executive ICVA
For more information about ICVs, please visit the Independent Custody Visiting Association’s (ICVA) website.
Quarterly ReportsICV Quarterly Issues Report Qtr4 2018-19