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Visiting the custody suite in Nottingham

Posted: Thursday 7th March 2013

7 March

I had the opportunity to spend time with two of the Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) last week (26 Feb) when we toured the Bridewell in Nottingham.

The ICVs give up their time each month to monitor the welfare needs of the detainees in custody and make sure they are being treated fairly and within their rights.

Each volunteer has an important role to play in ensuring safeguarding standards are met.

I’m delighted that over 17,000 enquiries have already been made about the150 Police Officer posts that were advertised from the start of last week. This is the first time that the force has recruited officers for a number of years, and I am positive that the standard and variety of applications will be high.

The wheels were put in motion for the recruitment after my budget was approved by the Police and Crime Panel recently. Investing in frontline policing is one of my key priorities and I’m pleased that the jobs are now being advertised.  

Another highlight last week was attending the official community launch of the ‘Exploring and Improving BME policing experiences’ project I have commissioned.

Professor Cecile Wright will be leading the research alongside her colleagues Tim Pickup and Saj Mohammed. This is set to be an innovative piece of work that will help the police to build bridges into local black and minority communities.

This project is a reflection of my promise to ensure a fairer deal for under-represented communities and will be an instrumental element in allowing change to communication to be improved between the police and BME communities in Nottinghamshire.

I will write again soon. 

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