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Independent Custody Visitor Volunteer Role

POST: Independent Custody Visitor (Volunteer role)

We are seeking new members who would be willing to visit both Nottingham and Mansfield custody suites to check on the conditions and welfare of those in custody.

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) make unannounced visits to the cells where, in addition to inspecting the facilities, they can ask to meet detainees before making a report on their findings.

The scheme and the visitors are totally independent, and the role includes talking with those who are detained, checking the suites for cleanliness, making sure there are adequate stocks of supplies and raising any issues which may need to be addressed whilst detainees are in custody.

ICVs make a valuable contribution to policing by providing an independent scrutiny mechanism for both the prisoner and the custody officers.  As an ICV you would be part of a whole army of policing volunteers who donate their time willingly to help deliver a better service to the public. Nottinghamshire's scheme is part of a national initiative which aims to improve national custody monitoring procedures in the future to further protect the wellbeing and safety of detainees.

No prior experience is required as full training will be provided. The scheme is keen to recruit members from a range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences to accurately represent the local community.

ICVs undertake an average of two visits per month at different times of the week, day, and night, and are expected to have immediate access to the custody suite unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For more information on the scheme please click here.

If you would like to apply to become an ICV, please click here and follow the instructions provided. Applicants are encouraged to tailor their application to the person specification below, showing examples of where they meet the required criteria.

Applications are open all year round. If you have any questions please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner via email on

Further information on custody visiting can also be found at the Independent Custody Visiting Association’s website at