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28th Jun, 2022

Call for volunteers to look out for welfare of police detainees

Ross Crawford 30th May, 2021

<b>PEOPLE who are passionate about protecting the rights and welfare of those who come into contact with the criminal justice system in Warwickshire are being sought by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe.

The PCC is keen to find volunteers to join either the Appropriate Adults or the Independent Custody Visitors schemes which are run by his office.

The Appropriate Adults Scheme is being introduced by the office of the PCC to support vulnerable adults who come into contact with the police, helping safeguard their interests, rights, entitlements and welfare.

It will supplement existing arrangements and the separate scheme which is commissioned by Warwickshire Youth Justice Service to provide support for children and young people aged under 18.

Independent Custody Visitors, meanwhile, play a vital role ensuring the welfare of people in police custody.

Working in pairs, they visit police stations unannounced, talking to detainees and custody staff, before compiling a report on any issues identified during the visit. The information is analysed and any areas for action are highlighted.

Mr Seccombe said: “Both of these voluntary roles provide a really important safeguard to the criminal justice system.”

A special online information evening has been arranged for those interested in volunteering as an Appropriate Adult.

It takes place on Thursday, June 17 from 6pm to 7pm.

To register email abby.simkin@ warwickshire.pnn.police.uk.

For more information, visit the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.</b>

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