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Kent Police and Crime Commissioner looking for volunteers

By AntonyThrower  |  Posted: March 06, 2013

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THE Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes is looking for volunteers to help check the welfare of those being held in custody cells.

Those who sign up would visit their local police stations unannounced to inspect how people behind bars are being held, check on their health and to make sure they are treated fairly.

Volunteers of the Independent Custody Visitors Scheme would need to give up a minimum of three hours a month and attend quarterly meetings.

The successful applicants would join 45 Independent Custody Volunteers who already help to run the scheme in Kent.

Mrs Barnes said: "This is a great act of citizenship and the volunteers are our unsung heroes.

"I am looking for people from all walks of life, particularly young people, to act as a vital source of information for what's actually happening in custody cells."

Volunteer Liza Tuffrey, who carries out welfare checks at five police stations said: 'I've been a custody volunteer for the last 11 years.

"When I saw the advert I thought it sounded a bit different and ticked all the boxes as I'm interested in Human Rights."

To find out more about the scheme or to apply visit the website or call the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner on 01622 677055. Closing date is the 5 April 2013.

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