Independent Custody Volunteer - Sussex

Office of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

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We are currently looking for Independent Custody Volunteers for our Custody Centres in Worthing and Eastbourne.

The Office of the Sussex PCC manages up to 40 dedicated volunteers who undertake vital duties for its Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) scheme. Representatives from the community are recruited and appointed on a geographical basis to visit the five police custody centres in Sussex (Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing). Unannounced visits are made by pairs of visitors at varying times of the day and night to ensure a consistent pattern of visits. After every visit, the pair of visitors complete a written report form about their findings, which is then passed onto the ICV Scheme Manager at the Office of the Sussex PCC.

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are members of the local community who volunteer to visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment & welfare of people held in police custody. ICV recommendations can require the police to make improvements for the welfare of detainees. Working as part of a local panel, they play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing by making sure that detainees are treated well.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must live (or work) in the Sussex Police area
  • To demonstrate sufficient time & flexibility to carry out the role of custody visiting
  • To work with colleagues as part of a team to meet the Scheme’s agreed visiting programme
  • To be able to communicate well both orally & in writing
  • To demonstrate the ability to complete forms clearly & concisely
  • To be able to communicate effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • To demonstrate an independent & impartial view in relation to all parties involved in the custody visiting process
  • To be able to maintain confidentiality.


  • ICVs benefit from being able to make a real difference to their local community, engaging with a range of people from diverse backgrounds and upholding custody standards in Sussex.
  • ICVs are provided with induction and on-going training, are part of a force wide team of ICVs, have paid travel expenses and will gain invaluable experience within a police custody centre (amongst other opportunities). 

Practical Considerations

  • Volunteers will have travel expenses paid for journeys to and from the custody centre.
  • Access to custody centres is 24/7 so volunteers are able to elect the most convenient time for them to visit.  

When do I need to be available?

Details The volunteer is able to confirm times that they are available. Custody centres are open 24/7. There is a requirement for the ICVS volunteers to visit during the evenings and some overnight visits when the volunteer is available.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

66 Hammonds Drive
East Sussex
BN23 6PW

Durrington Lane
West Sussex
BN13 2PQ

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  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training