Following last November's election of the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Simon Hayes, the office now has its own website www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk
The site provides a fair amount of information about the PCC and amongst other things has a "Get Involved" section which is currently seeking volunteers to act as Independent Custody Visitors.
Independent Custody Visitors are members of the local community who visit police stations unannounced to check on the treatment of detainees, the conditions in which they are being held and that their rights and entitlements are being observed.
Subject to certain exceptions anyone can apply to be an ICV. Visitors must be more than 18 years old, have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the date of application and currently reside in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. No special skills are required as full training and support is provided, however Custody Visitors should be good listeners, non-judgemental, unprejudiced and generally have an interest in the community and the welfare of the people detained in police cells.