Volunteer

Welcome to the volunteering section of the website. Here you can learn about the roles undertaken by our volunteers.

Want to volunteer?

We are not currently recruiting for new volunteers, but we expect applications for our Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) scheme to re-open towards the end of the year. In this section you will find out about what volunteer roles are available in our office and, when recruitment is open, information about how to apply. 

   

About the ICV role

The Office of the Sussex PCC manages up to 70 dedicated volunteers who undertake vital duties for its Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) scheme. Representatives from the community are recruited and appointed on a geographical basis to visit the six police custody centres in Sussex (Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing). Unannounced visits are made by pairs of visitors at varying times of the day and night to ensure a consistent pattern of visits. After every visit, the pair of visitors complete a written report form about their findings, which is then passed onto the ICV Scheme Manager at the Office of the Sussex PCC.

How does the recruitment process work?

To apply for a role as ICV you'll first need to complete an application form. You will be invited for an interview by the Office of the Sussex PCC. Successful applicants are then appointed to a panel of people available to visit the custody centre in their area. 

Full training is given to all the volunteers when they begin their role and to enhance their role throughout the year further training is given on a variety of issues such as mental health, Gypsies and Travellers and fixated complainants. Volunteers are also given regular updates on the work of the PCC and their Office and findings from reports and inspections that all help them carry out their role.

The work carried out by Independent Custody Visitors is entirely voluntary, but travelling expenses are payable.

What is the ICV panel?

Each area has its own panel which is led by a local Co-ordinator. They provide support to the volunteers on their panel alongside the local custody inspector. Each panel of holds bi-annual meetings to discuss issues arising from visits. Any relevant information is then shared with the police at local and force level, as well as to the Office of the Sussex PCC. Each Panel Co-ordinator is responsible for organising the rota of visits to the custody centre.

Our ICV Handbook provides useful background information about the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and the procedures that are involved in the process. Click here to view.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) promotes the custody visiting process nationally and is a good source of information for the public, for ICVs themselves and for their administrators. Click here to view the Handbook.

Further information about Independent Custody Visiting

Our ICV Handbook provides useful background information about the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme and the procedures that are involved in the process. Click here to view.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) promotes the custody visiting process nationally and is a good source of information for the public, for ICVs themselves and for their administrators. Click here to view the Handbook.

Click here to read the 2016 annual newsletter and find out what the ICVs in Sussex have been doing.

Click here to read about the training that ICVs received around “Vulnerable Detainees in Custody” which was delivered at the ICV Seminar in January 2015.

Click here to see the latest visiting statistics covering the period April 2016 to October 2016.

Click here for the ICV Annual Report 2015-16.

Elders' Commission

The Sussex Elders’ Commission (SEC) is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform the work of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne. The Commission is made up of volunteers aged 65+ who carry out conversations about policing and crime with their own networks of contacts. To find out more about the SEC and their work please visit this page.

Recruitment for the SEC is currently closed.

Youth Commission

The Sussex Youth Commission (SYC) began as a pilot project launched in January2014 by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner to give young people across the county an opportunity to have a voice on policing and crime.

Following a successful first year the pilot project was extended and new members were recruited in both 2015 and 2016. The current cohort is formed of a mix of members, some who have been with the SYC from the start and new members recruited in 2015 and 2016. To find out more information about the Youth Commission please visit this page.

Recruitment for the Youth Commission is currently closed. 

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