Assistant PCC opens custody visitors conference
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie
opened the Independent Custody Visiting Association Conference
The theme of this year's event was vulnerability and speakers
included ICVA Chief Executive Katie Kempen, National Appropriate
Adult Network Chief Executive Chris Bath and people with experience
of vulnerability in custody.
The conference shared best practice, insight and set out the
year ahead for this vital service.
The PCC is responsible for maintaining the service of custody
visitors, who check on detainees to make sure they are being well
treated. There are more than 100 visitors in the West Midlands
scheme who check on detainees in six custody sites across the
region. They are also there to protect the police from issues such
as vexatious complaints.
Assistant PCC Ashley Bertie said: "The West Midlands custody
visitors scheme is probably the biggest outside of London.
"Our scheme consists of around 100 visitors who are invaluable:
their visits help prevent ill-treatment and harm to detainees and
help to provide oversight of what is happening in custody.
"They really do some amazing work and we very much appreciate
this - they are committed, dedicated and carry out some vital work
that promotes public confidence in the police.
"It was an honour to open the conference and spend time with
these amazing people."
The conference was held at The Studio in Birmingham on Saturday
(11) and around 80 people attended.