Custody visitors scheme praised

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VOLUNTEERS who inspect police cells to protect the welfare of prisoners have been honoured by Hampshire Police Authority.

A dinner was held to hail volunteers who have devoted 25 years to the Independent Custody Visitors Scheme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

They aim to ensure people in police custody are treated fairly and with dignity.

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Hampshire Police Authority chairwoman, who hosted the dinner, said: ‘Custody visiting has a vital role in reassuring communities that their police force operates within guidelines and is subject to scrutiny by independent members of the public. So I’d like to put on record the police authority’s thanks to all our custody visitors, past and present, for continuing to maintain the high standards of the Hampshire scheme.’

Hampshire Constabulary chief constable Alex Marshall said: ‘I wish to thank past and present custody visitors for their excellent work over such a long period.’