Across all London Boroughs – Current availability in Lewisham, Wandsworth and Haringey


Throughout the year


Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

Purpose/Objective of the Role

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are members of the local community who volunteer to visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment and welfare of people held in police custody.

Each Police and Crime Commissioner has a legal obligation to make arrangements for a custody visiting scheme to operate in its area.

In London, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) holds overall responsibility for the scheme’s management and administration.

ICVs are volunteers from within the community and the scheme is independent of the police.

Tasks/Duties Involved

ICV make weekly visits to their local Police Custody Suite to check on the treatment and welfare of people held in police custody.  These visits are shared by a panel so individual volunteers only have to commit to three to four visits every three months. Volunteers are also expected to attend two out of four quarterly panel meetings, where panel discuss their reports and concerns with the Custody Sergeant

Skills Required 

Over 18 years old.

Training/Support Given

MOPAC and MPS will provide induction training and refresher courses where necessary

Benefits of Volunteering to Individual

ICV recommendations can require the police to make improvements for the welfare of detainees. Working as part of a local panel, they play a valuable role in maintaining public confidence in this important area of policing by making sure that detainees are treated well.

For further information please visit https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/community-safety/independent-custody-visitors or email MOPAC ICV Recruitment ICVRecruitment@mopac.london.gov.uk

Application Process

To register your interest, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form . If you have any questions call Aparna on 07378342131