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Volunteering Opportunity – Independent Custody Visitor (North Tyneside)

30th June 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is looking to fill two volunteering positions to help check the welfare of those being held in custody cells.

The role of Independent Custody Visitor involves making unannounced visits to a designated police station in North Tyneside to check on the health and well-being of detainees and to ensure they are being treated fairly.

Volunteers for the project must be over the age of 18 and willing to commit to around three hours of volunteering a month.

Work will also include completing visitor reports and attending panel meetings.

The successful applicants will join a team of volunteers who help run the Police and Crime Commissioner’s custody visiting programme across Northumbria.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “This is a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to give up a little of their own time to do something worthwhile. It’s a very important role which provides us with vital information on what happens in our custody cells. It helps offer reassurance that Northumbria Police is meeting welfare standards.

“Whether you have an interest in human rights or just want to do something worthwhile, this role helps protect both detainees and the police. I would encourage you to visit my website and find out more about this and other volunteering opportunities which help make a real difference.”

To apply for the role please visit and fill out the application form on the volunteering page or call Dean Lowery at the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 0191 221 9800 to discuss the opportunity further. The closing date is Friday, July 31.