Police chief seeks new custody visitors

Shaun Wright. South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Shaun Wright. South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
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South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is looking for voluntary independent custody visitors.

Shaun Wright wants the volunteers to visit police cells across South Yorkshire to check that the welfare and basic rights of a detainee are respected at all times.

The custody visitors will check the quality of the cells and speak to detainees about their experiences.

Commissioner Wright said he wants people from all backgrounds and communities to take up the roles to carry out checks in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

He said: “I welcome applicants for the role of independent custody visitor. This is an opportunity to work with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, to serve the people of South Yorkshire, as well as having the opportunity to work with the police and give something back to the community.

“As a volunteer people will give their time to make South Yorkshire a safer place and ensure that all detainees are treated in a fair and proper manner. Some detainees may be young or vulnerable and it is exceptionally important to me to have measures in place to ensure they are treated properly.”

For details visit www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx or call 01226 774600.