Volunteers are honoured

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HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner helped to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week by hosting an awards ceremony for independent custody visitors.

Simon Hayes hosted an awards ceremony in Winchester at the Wessex Mercure Hotel, where he presented long-service certificates to volunteers.

Independent custody visitors are members of the community who visit police custody suites unannounced to ensure the rights and welfare needs of detainees are protected when in custody.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I’m delighted to meet up with ICVs to recognise the importance of the role they perform. I want to acknowledge and thank them for the length of service they have given and for the hours they spend carrying out their role.’

More than 31,000 people passed through the eight Hampshire Constabulary custody suites in 2014.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is currently recruiting volunteers for the south west area panel.

Volunteers must be 18 and over to apply and full training will be given.

Visit hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Independent-Custody-Visiting.aspx