Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has received national recognition for the very high quality of his Independent Custody Visitors (ICV) scheme

The PCC has been awarded a silver-level accreditation, meaning the scheme provides a good standard of custody visiting and volunteer management.

The PCC is committed to ensuring that police custody is safe for everyone who is involved in the process and has operated this vital scheme for several years.

In West Mercia, trained volunteers visit police custody suites across the three counties to ensure the custody process is meeting the expected standards. This includes checking on the welfare of detainees and that police officers and staff are following all the correct legal protocols.

Welcoming the accreditation, the PCC said: “People being safe in custody is one of my top priorities. We have a strong ICV scheme in West Mercia, which provides transparency and confidence in policing.

“The volunteers are highly valued, and I am always grateful for their tireless contribution. I am pleased to accept this accreditation, which recognises the fundamental work they are doing to keep people safe.”

Sherry Ralph, Chief Executive at ICVA congratulates all of the schemes on their accomplishments and thanks them for their commitment.