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Hertfordshire's independent police custody watchdogs win award

Custody volunteers Stephanie and Isabel with their award. (11064086)
Custody volunteers Stephanie and Isabel with their award. (11064086)

Hertfordshire has won a prestigious national award for the quality of its independent police custody visiting scheme.

The inaugural Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) Quality Assurance awards were presented at a ceremony at the House of Lords earlier this month.

The national organisation supports, leads and represents locally-run custody visiting schemes. It manages teams of independent volunteers who make unannounced visits to check on the rights, entitlements, well-being and dignity of suspects held in police custody, reporting their findings to police and crime commissioners and police authorities who in turn hold chief constables to account.

Welcoming the award, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd said: "Volunteers play a crucial role in the county helping to fulfil one of my statutory roles of holding the police to account for the welfare and wellbeing of persons held in custody.

"Some of the changes our ICV's have helped to bring about include an improvement for the welfare of females in custody, with high standards of personal feminine care.

"We have also ensured that food supplies meet the wide range of needs for all those in the care of the police.

"It is fantastic that all the hard work of these volunteers has been recognised with this national award. I would like to pay tribute to their dedication and commitment to volunteering in Hertfordshire in achieving this award."

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