Are you?

18 or over with no direct involvement in the criminal justice system (serving police officers or special constables, Solicitors or probation officers are not eligible to prevent possible conflict of interests for the individual). This maintains the independence of the scheme as a whole.

A good listener, non-judgmental, unprejudiced and impartial?

Interested in the community and the welfare of people detained in Police Custody?

NOTE: We are currently recruiting in the Western Isles area only.

What we are looking for?

We are looking for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and from a cross section of the community. 

No specialist skills are required as full training and support is given.

Becoming an Independent Custody Visitor- Application process

Stage 1

Application form: Complete and submit the SPA ICVS Application Form and the equality monitoring form (optional). Please read the application guidance and person specification documents prior to completing the application form. 

Information day: If you are eligible you will be invited to attend an information day, normally held on a Saturday.  This will provide a better understanding of what is involved and provide the opportunity to meet one of our volunteers.  You will gain a sound knowledge and thorough understanding of detainees’ rights and police responsibilities.

Stage 2

Informal Interview: You will be asked to attend a short, informal interview along with completing a vetting form. 

Training day: Next you will attend a training day consisting of practical and theoretical exercises covering all aspects of custody visiting.  This is complemented by a set of guidelines and the basic principles of a detainee’s legal rights and entitlements.

Where do I apply?

You can find out more and apply to be an Independent Custody Visitor from the following links:
ICVS Information Leaflet
ICVS Role Description
ICVS Application Form
Person Specification

Completed application forms should be submitted by post or e-mail to the following address:
Scottish Police Authority
1 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DZ
Or e-mail  

Support & Help

The National Manager and Regional Coordinators are responsible for the day-to-day management of Independent Custody Visiting Scotland and are the first point of contact for help and support.

All newly appointed independent custody visitors are paired with an experienced visitor for a period of six months.

Following completion of the probationary period, custody visitors will be appointed to a custody cluster for a pre-determined period. This will usually be for a three-year period, which may be renewable.