‘Join me in the cells,’ says Commissioner’s volunteer
A Ceredigion man is urging other local people to join him in his volunteer role visiting police cells.
Wayne Penzer, of Bwlch-Llan, north of Lampeter, looks after the wellbeing of police detainees in his role as an independent custody visitor (ICV).
The 49-year-old is part of a volunteer team who regularly check on conditions at police cells in locations such as Aberystwyth and Newtown.
Mr Penzer said ‘This is a great role which provides an essential service to the local community; I urge others to get involved – it’s really rewarding.’
More than 8,500 people are kept in Dyfed-Powys police cells every year. By law, they have rights such as accessing legal and medical help. There’s Government guidance on matters such as cell cleanliness and safety.
To help in this process Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn operates his Independent Custody Visiting Scheme.
Mr Llywelyn, elected last month said ‘I plan to meet volunteers, including Wayne, at Aberystwyth Police Station soon. Our ICVs perform a valuable function; their work helps to reassure local people that detainees in our communities are being treated fairly.’
‘This scheme – and others run by my office – help protect vulnerable people and ensure professionalism in Dyfed-Powys Police. They offer superb opportunities and I urge local residents to get involved.’
Other schemes focus on the quality of the police complaints process and the welfare of police dogs. Training is given for volunteers – and expenses offered.
Interested in becoming an independent custody visitor or joining another of Mr Llywelyn’s schemes? Log on to www.bit.ly/PCCvols or phone 01267 226440.
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