Independent Custody Visiting Scheme

Independent Custody VisitorsIndependent Custody Visitors (ICV) are impartial members of the local community who visit police custody suites in order to check on the treatment of people held in police custody. They do not receive a salary, but are reimbursed for expenses incurred whilst carrying out the role. Initial training is given, with follow on training taking place throughout the year.

The Custody Visitor

The following conditions apply for anyone considering applying. Prospective ICV must:-

  • Be 18 years of age or over;
  • Live and/or work within the boundaries of the county;
  • Have no direct involvement in the Criminal Justice system - for example Lay Justices, serving Police Officers or Special Constables, civilian Police Staff and members of the Police Authority may not apply;
  • EU citizens must have lived within the UK for a continuous period of at least three years prior to application.

ICV must posess good communication and listening skills, be able to be impartial and non-judgemental, be a good teamworker and have enough time to carry out the role.

For further information on the qualities we look for in our volunteers see the Independent Custody Visitor Person Specification.

The Role

ICV make unannounced visits to the custody suites in Derbyshire. For the purposes of the scheme, Derbyshire is divided into two visit areas:-

North area

Buxton Police Station, Silverlands, Buxton, SK17 6QJ
Chesterfield Police Station, Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1QP

South area

Derby Police Station, St. Mary's Wharf, Derby, DE1 3AB

On joining the scheme, ICV are allocated an area which includes the area where they live/work. Each ICV is expected to make a minimum of one visit per month in their designated area with a visit partner.

ICV speak to persons held in custody and inspect the conditions in which they are being held. They try to resolve any issues immediately by talking with the custody staff or Duty Inspector, and prepare a triplicate report outlining these issues and any action taken to remedy the situation.

Copies of the report are distributed for information or action to the Police Authority and the Constabulary's Criminal Justice Department. One copy remains in the custody suite for their information and future reference.

Any issues which cannot be immediately resolved are taken up by the Scheme Administrator of the Police Authority upon receipt of the report form.  The Authority's Professional Standards Panel and Corporate Governance Committee receive summarised reports at their meetings.  

For more information on the scheme you can read the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme Annual Report 2010-11.

Derbyshire Police Authority works closely with the four other Police Authorities in the East Midlands Region (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire). To view their ICV Scheme Annual Reports click on the links below:-

Leicestershire ICV Annual Report 2010-11
Northamptonshire ICV Annual Report 2010-11
Nottinghamshire ICV Annual Report 2010-11 

Lincolnshire have not published their annual report for 2010-11


We have now closed our recruitment campaign for 2012. Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in the scheme.

If you would like to be considered for any future vacancies, please contact Louise Meehan, Scheme Administrator by email: or telephone: 01773 733798 to reserve a place.