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Independent Custody Visiting Scotland

This section tells you about Independent Custody Visiting in Scotland.

The Scottish Police Authority monitors the welfare of people detained in police custody. The Authority uses a team of Independent Custody Visitors. These are volunteers, drawn from local communities.

Our Work and Findings

Independent Custody Visitors are volunteer 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 to see that their rights and entitlements are being observed.

Find out more about Our Work and Findings

Becoming a Volunteer

Do you have what it takes to play a key part in the welfare of detainees? Find out more about how you could become a volunteer visitor, and the kind of people we are looking for.

Find out more about Becoming a Volunteer

National Preventive Mechanism

The National Preventive Mechanism is a group of organisations designated under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) to monitor places of detention and report on the treatment of and conditions for detainees.

Find out more about National Preventive Mechanism