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Commissioner Spends Time in Custody

Chris Cutland and Paddy Tipping with two of the Independant Custody Visitors at the Bridewell

Chris Cutland and Paddy Tipping with two of the Independant Custody Visitors at the Bridewell

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and his Deputy Chris Cutland visited the Bridewell Custody Suite in the city centre earlier this week to see first-hand the checks in place to ensure detainees are well looked after while in custody.

They were joined by two members of the Independent Custody Visitors Scheme, enabling them to learn more about this important volunteer role.

The group was given a guided tour of the Bridewell by Chief Inspector Mark Turner, giving them the opportunity to see for themselves the progress that has been made since HMIC published a critical report in January 2012.  In a follow-up visit later in the year the Government Inspectors found that there had been significant improvements at the Bridewell and this visit was able to demonstrate that progress continues.

After the visit, Chris Cutland said: “Custody visitors give us an independent opinion on the way in which the Custody Suites are run, which is reassuring for the community.  We know that, if they see anything that needs reporting, they will, which means that swift action can be taken.

“An impartial viewpoint is vital in this type of situation and I hope that people know by now that we will always do something about a problem if we find one.  That said, I was impressed by the conditions at the Bridewell and was pleased to see how the ICVs carry out their visits in the normal course of events.

Each of our ICVs provides a vital service to the public and policing. They give up their free time to make sure that those in the custody environment are being treated fairly and within their rights.”

Posted on Thursday 28th February 2013
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