Independent Custody Visiting is supported nationally by the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA).
The ICVA is a voluntary organisation that promotes the custody visiting process nationally through advocacy, training, publicity and ongoing support to everyone involved in the process. Ultimately, it aims to assist the Home Office, PCCs and other interested bodies in the formulation of best practice for custody visiting schemes, increasing public awareness and understanding.
Independent Custody Visiting has a vital part to play in the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire in ensuring the police service is open and accountable to the public.
If you want to know more visit the Independent Custody Visiting Association’s (ICVA) website.
It is a statutory responsibility for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire to have an Independent Custody Visiting scheme in place. They are responsible for organising and overseeing the scheme, in consultation with the Chief Constable. The Commissioner therefore, must ensure that robust and effective procedures for establishing and maintaining the scheme are in place.
At the Police and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner open day in September, we had a stall sharing information about the Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) with the hope to raise awareness around the scheme. At the event we spoke to approximately 60 members of the public about their perceived worries and concerns about going into custody. The information was also used to gain an understanding as to whether it was relevant to the questions ICV’s currently ask people in custody. Below demonstrates some of the biggest concerns people had about going into custody.2019-Open-Day-Concerns-ICV-Bubble.docx