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Visit Victim Care Merseyside
ICVs in a custody suite talking to a police ofifce

Merseyside's Independent Custody Visiting Scheme is designed to make sure people who are detained by the police are held in accordance with the law.

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are members of the local community who make unannounced visits and observe, comment and report to the Police Commissioner on the conditions under which people are detained in force custody suites.

ICVs determine whether the regulations governing detention have been complied with, and the interests of detainees properly considered.

Volunteers are unpaid but are reimbursed for travelling expenses.

Merseyside currently has 22 dedicated volunteers from across the region involved in this scheme. These committed volunteers visit custody suites within Merseyside at random and complete a form which covers all aspects of ensuring the detainee’s welfare is being cared for appropriately.

Reports which draw together issues and identify trends emerging from the visits are then presented to the Commissioner so that she can then consider action.

In 2019/20, a total of 229 custody visits took place across Merseyside. A total of 2,941 people were in custody at the time of visits, of which 1,022 consented to be seen by the ICVs.

Take a look at the ICV Annual Report for 2019/20

The Independent Custody Visiting scheme was established following the recommendations of Lord Scarman in 1981 and began to operate in Merseyside in 1984.

More information

If you would like further information on the ICV scheme please get in touch.

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You can also find out more about custody visiting nationally on the Independent Custody Visiting Association website.

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Jane wants your views on policing funding today...

The Police Commissioner has to set the police budget soon.

She wants your views on  if you would be willing to contribute an extra 19p a week in your council tax  to enable the Chief Constable to recruit 160 new police officers next year, as well help balance the budget and protect jobs?

Without the extra funding the Commissioner will have to reduce the budget, the recruitment of new officers can’t
go ahead and the Chief Constable will be required to cut back on the service again.