Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) make unannounced visits to the Island’s custody suites to ensure that the people being held there are being treated in accordance with the law.
A custody suite is a facility where people who have been arrested are held securely. Guernsey has custody suites at the police station, the airport and the harbour.
Independent Custody Visitors must maintain their independence and impartiality. They do not take sides but merely look, listen and report back.
ICV visits are welcomed by the police as the feedback helps drive improvements.
There are six Independent Custody Visitors in total.
You will be:
- Arriving at the police station, airport or harbour unannounced
- Inspecting the facilities and filling in a detailed form
- Sending the form to the Committee for Home Affairs.