Independent Custody Visiting

The Independent Custody Visiting Scheme enables appointed volunteers to visit police stations to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed. Regular unannounced visits will be made to local police stations by pairs of custody visitors. After each visit a report provides a current picture of the custody suite. The reports are analysed and the results presented to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Custody visitors’ require sound knowledge and understanding of detainees rights and police responsibilities and therefore training is provided. Custody visitors are volunteers and as such there is no financial remuneration. However, reasonable expenses incurred on custody visitor matters will be reimbursed by the PCC.
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Animal Welfare Lay Visiting

The Animal Welfare Lay Visit Scheme appoints members of the local community to observe and report the conditions under which police dogs are trained, transported, deployed and cared for.

The primary function of the scheme is to protect the policing dogs. In so doing it provides Essex Police with an independent monitoring body that will advise and make recommendations about the care of animals. The visitors will also provide reassurance to the community.

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