Advice for Independent Custody Visitors Encountering 24 Hours in Police Custody Crews

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Dear Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner,

The minutes of the Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) Scheme Panel Meeting on Monday 12th June 2017* state:

"AW updated ICVs that he had come across film crews for “24hrs in Police Custody”,
advice was issued to ICVs should they come into contact again or be asked to take part"

This is a request for the advice issued, and any subsequent updates to that advice.



Richard Taylor


cambs-pcc (Cambs), Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Richard

I am writing in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, dated 6th March

You requested information regarding advice given to Independent Custody Visitors regarding '24 Hours in Police Custody' filming at the Scheme Panel Meeting on Monday 12th June 2017

An email was sent to all Independent Custody Visitors on 28 April 2017 at 13:47 by the ICV Scheme Manager. The content of the email is provided below.

Subject: Filming in Custody [OFFICIAL]

Dear All,

I was alerted about filming taking place at Thorpe Wood for the “24 Hours in Police Custody” series.

In essence, over coming months we will have film crews operating within custody facilities across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The Constabulary encourage staff to engage with the filming team, and I would fully support you as Independent Custody Visitors to do the same, if you have the opportunity and desire to take part. There is the opportunity to be pixelated if you are subject of any filming – and can request anonymity via the contact details below. If there is a reason that you wish not to be identified on television, please speak to a member of their team on the ground or call the following number: XXXXXX. Alternatively you can contact the Corporate Communications team in Cambridgeshire on 01480 422480 or Bedfordshire 01234 842390.

My colleague from Bedford has spoken with the film crew to highlight the ICV scheme, they are aware of the scheme and what you do, but this does not mean it will be featured on TV. Previously if ICVs have attended Custody where filming is taking place, you as ICVs will be asked to sign a form stating if you would like to be filmed or not.

Any questions at all – please contact me on 01480 42 5815 or 07736 224 684.

Kind regards,

Alasdair Baker, ICV Scheme Manager
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

I can confirm that there were no subsequent updates to the advice provided above.

We trust that the information provided above meets your needs. However, if you are unhappy with this response, please see the attached ‘satisfied with our service’ document, which sets out your rights to appeal.

Kind regards


Catherine Kimberley

On behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Tel: 0300 333 3456

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