Independent Custody Visiting scheme: Recruitment Intake (2023)

19 January 2023


Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner is currently looking for more volunteers to join the Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) scheme

The ICV scheme was set up following an inquiry in the aftermath of the Brixton and Toxteth riots, which recommended that policing activity should be monitored and made publicly accessible and scrutinised.  ICVs are members of the local community who volunteer to check on the welfare of people detained in police custody. They call at police stations in pairs, unannounced and write short reports about their visit. The Commissioner is then informed of any issues that arise during a visit, to consider if appropriate action is required. An ICV’s recommendations can require the police to make improvements for the welfare of detainees. Consequently, ICVs play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing.

While there are no specific requirements to apply, volunteers must be over 18 years old and live or work in Merseyside.

For more information, please see website below which includes details on how to apply at the bottom of the page: