PCC Volunteer Manager, Kayt Radford with Katie Kempen
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping today praised the dedicated volunteers responsible for maintaining high standards of custody provision across the force after the scheme scooped a prestigious award.
The PCC’s Independent Custody Visiting Scheme was presented with a Gold Quality Assurance Award was presented at a glittering ceremony at the House of Lords.
ICVs make unannounced weekly visits to the force’s main custody centres to monitor the standard of facilities and check on the rights, entitlements and wellbeing of detainees. Their findings are reported to the PCC who has the duty of holding the force to account.
The Quality Assurance awards were introduced by the ICVA to assess compliance with the Code of Practice, strengthen performance and increase sharing of good practice. They celebrate areas of strength and help promote the achievements of the scheme.
Schemes are judged against set criteria as part of a graded award system comprising; Platinum, Gold, Silver and Code Complaint.
A “Gold” ranking recognises an excellent standard of custody visiting and volunteer management.
Commenting on the success, Mr Tipping said: “I’m immensely proud of Nottinghamshire’s ICV scheme and our custody visitors, who are all volunteers.
“They make their visits at all hours of the day and night – without financial reward - and play a vital role in maintaining standards across our custody facilities as well as protecting the rights and welfare of detainees.
“This award is a fantastic achievement for everybody who contributes to the scheme and provides further verification that our custody provision is among the best in the country. We will continue to work hard to deliver our responsibilities.
Nottinghamshire’s ICV scheme has 25 active members of which 12% are from a BME background, 60% are female, 40% are male and 8% have a disability.
This year saw the introduction of a new electronic report writing system which has created a more efficient system for inputting and generating data reports.
During 2018-19, volunteers made 174 visits to custody facilities in Nottinghamshire.
Martyn Underhill, Chairman of ICVA, said: “These awards recognise the standard of scheme being run in the area, and help drive up the standards of our schemes across the UK. Warm congratulations to all of the winners.”
Katie Kempen, Chief Executive at ICVA said: "Independent custody visiting schemes ensure that the public have oversight of a high pressure and often hidden area of policing. These awards demonstrate how local schemes use volunteer feedback to make change and ensure that police custody is safe and dignified for all. I congratulate schemes on their accomplishments."
Notes for editors:
* The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) is a Home Office, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Police Authority funded membership organisation set up to lead, support and represent local independent custody visiting schemes.
For more information visit: www.icva.org.uk/about/
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Posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019