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Published: 27 March 2024

Independent Custody Visiting: Key activity for Q3 2023 (October – December)

Report Summary

When a person is arrested by the police, they are usually taken to a custody suite where they are detained. Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) are members of the local community who visit these individuals to ensure their care, welfare, rights and entitlements and dignity are upheld. They speak with them whilst they are in their cell and provide valuable oversight on how that person has been treated and the conditions of the detention.

This report provides a summary of the oversight activities conducted by the ICVs which is facilitated by Independent Custody Visiting Scotland (ICVS).

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Key activity for Q3 2023 (October – December)

Between October-December 2023 a total of 24,674 people were held in Police Scotland custody. Of these, 290 were under the age of 16.During this period a total of 256 custody visits were attempted by ICVs with a total of 347 people in custody accepting to speak to one of our volunteers.

The table below summarises custody throughput across the three ICVS regions (North, East and West) and outlines the number of independent custody visits that were conducted.

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