Independant Custody Visitor


Independent Custody Visitors make unannounced visits to police custody suites, noting whether detainees are aware of their rights and entitlements and checking the overall conditions in which they are being held. 

Visits will include ensuring that correct procedures and standards of detaining a person are adhered to, providing assurances to the local community that West Midlands Police are detaining individuals according to Home Office guidance. 

Custody Visitors will report back to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on the welfare of people detained in police custody and raise any safeguarding concerns with Custody Staff on the day of their visit. 

The role of custody visiting offers protection and confidentiality to detainees and the police and reassurance to the community at large.

  • Do you have the time to act as an Independent Custody Visitor, visiting police stations to check on the treatment of detainees and the conditions in which they are being held?
  • Can you communicate well with a diverse range of people? 
  • Do you work well in a team? Do you have a general interest in people and care about their wellbeing?
  • Would you be confident in raising issues or concerns if you had to?

If you can say yes with confidence to these questions, then you could be what we are looking for.

We have opportunities for new volunteers to join us, and in particular, we welcome people able to volunteer in Wolverhampton, Perry Barr, Oldbury and Coventry.

No prior experience or qualifications are required for this role and any necessary training will be provided.

Closing date for applications: Friday, 22 November 2019

Interviews will be held towards the end of November/beginning of December 2019.

Training will take place on 19 December 2019, so candidates will have to be available to attend on that date if successful.