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This conference ‘visit’ was vital for future of police custody suites

October 2, 2013

ICV-390x224THE crucial role of independent custody visitors was the subject of a special region-wide debate in Birmingham.

As deputy police and crime commissioner, I joined around 50 people who attended the annual Regional Independent Custody Visitors’ seminar at Lloyd House.

Guest speakers at the learning seminar included Commissioner Derrick Campbell from the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Crown Prosecution Service duty prosecutor Celia Thorpe.

Independent custody visitors play a vital role in inspections of police custody sites and the people detained in them.

They make a difference – not just to people in custody, but also in promoting public confidence in the system which is essential to making Staffordshire safer.

In Staffordshire, we’ve made their work easier by giving them direct access to electronic custody records – which has also freed up hundreds of hours of police time.

Several important initiatives – such as an alcohol and drug diversion scheme to offer treatment to offenders and help prevent re-offending – were discussed at the seminar.

BEHIND BARS: Me, on a previous custody visit

BEHIND BARS: Me, on a previous custody visit

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