Independent Custody Visitors are volunteers from the community who work in pairs to monitor how people being held in police custody are treated.
Custody Visitors work independently of the police and the criminal justice system, making unannounced visits to designated police custody suites across Northern Ireland at any time of day or night. The scheme operates across 3 areas: South East, Fermanagh/Tyrone and the North West.
The Policing Board supports and administers the Custody Visiting Scheme and its Performance Committee considers quarterly reports on the work of the Scheme. These reports highlight any issues raised on the rights of the detainee, their health and wellbeing; and the facilities and conditions of detention as well as the actions taken to address them.