• Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridge

Independent Custody Visitor Procedure and Volunteer Procedure

27 March 15

Decision:

To approve the Independent Custody Visitor Procedure and overarching Volunteer Procedure.

Decision Summary:

A strategic vision for volunteering was agreed at the Business Coordination Board in August 2014. The Police and Crime Commissioner (“the Commissioner”) and the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary want to create a fully inclusive and diverse volunteer team who give their time across Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) supporting a variety of activities.

The Commissioner has a statutory duty under section 51(1) of the Police Reform Act 2002 and schedule 16, part 3 paragraph 299 of the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011, for the Independent Custody Visitors’ Scheme.

A self-assessment of the Independent Custody Visitors’ Scheme in Cambridgeshire was undertaken by the OPCC using a tool provided by Independent Custody Visiting Association. The assessment identified a number of areas for development.

A consultation process was held and the comments were considered in the final drafting of the document, which the Commissioner has seen and approved.

The overarching Volunteer Procedure sets a clear organisational framework for volunteer engagement. The Independent Custody Visitors’ Procedure provides guidance for Independent Custody Visitors, which takes account of national guidance and good practice.

The Commissioner will publish the Procedures on his website.


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