Police chief gets taste of custody for volunteers week in Warwickshire - The Rugby Observer

Police chief gets taste of custody for volunteers week in Warwickshire

Rugby Editorial 8th Jun, 2024   0

WARWICKSHIRE’S police chief found himself behind bars for National Volunteers Week.

Philip Seccombe, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, visited a police custody suite to raise awareness of what volunteers do across the county.

The commissioner runs two volunteer schemes – Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) and Appropriate Adults (AAs).

Independent Custody Visitors visit police stations unannounced to check on the welfare of people in police custody. They undertake short confidential interviews with detainees to find out about their experience and treatment in custody.

The Commissioner’s Appropriate Adults scheme supports vulnerable adults, including those with mental health problems, throughout their stay in police custody. They’ll be present at some of the most important stages a detainee will go through, including when they are interviewed by officers.

Mr Seccombe said: “The roles of both the Independent Custody Visitors and Appropriate Adults are invaluable. They ensure the safety and wellbeing of detainees and can really make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The roles also contribute to increasing confidence in policing.

“I’m also keen to highlight the other opportunities to volunteer within policing more widely. Whether that’s as a special constable, a police cadet, a police support volunteer or as a member of one of our independent advisory groups, there are many ways that you can give time to help make a tangible difference and support your local community.

“I am grateful for the work all volunteers put in, unpaid and in their own time, which is hugely commendable. As a community we owe them a big thank you for their efforts.”

To find out more about volunteering visit www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/helpingyou/volunteer-schemes

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