Volunteer hunt to check prisoners’ condition in cells

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Volunteers are being sought by South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to act as independent custody visitors in the Barnsley area.

Independent custody visitors check on the treatment of those who are in police custody and the conditions in which they are held, and ensure their rights and entitlements are being observed.

A spokesman for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office said: “This is your chance to offer protection to both detainees and the police and reassurance to the community at large while gaining an insight into the criminal justice system.”

Volunteers are needed to visit detainees at Ecclesfield and Barnsley police station custody suites.

The work usually takes a few hours and volunteers would need to be available a couple of times a month.

The visits can be arranged at a time that is suitable for them.

Full training will be given and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses paid.

Volunteers must be over 18 and, because of the need to be independent, serving police officers and other serving members of the police force, special constables and lay justices are disqualified from the roles.

To apply or for more details about what is involved, email expressions of interest and your contact details to twebster@syjs.gov.uk by 4pm on Friday, June 14.

Application forms for the roles will be sent out to interested parties on Monday, June 17.