Derbyshire Police Authority seeks custody volunteers

Derbyshire Police Authority is looking for volunteers to visit custody suites to make sure detainees are being "properly looked after".

The custody visitors would make unannounced visits to police station across Derbyshire.

The authority's vice-chairman Alan Charles said volunteers would make sure detainees' welfare needs were being properly met while in custody.

Anyone interested in joining the scheme should contact the police authority.

"The public has a responsibility to make sure, when the police are detaining somebody - effectively in their name - that they are doing it properly," said Mr Charles.

"We just want to make sure if somebody's on medication they receive it, that they are being given food and something to drink and making sure they are warm enough."

Volunteers would be given the relevant training, would always work in pairs and would have police and custody staff on hand if needed.

Mr Charles added there were very few custody complaints in Derbyshire but it was important standards were maintained.

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