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Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg has met with volunteers from Durham’s Independent Custody Visiting Scheme for the first time this week and vows to support them in their role. Mr Hogg met Custody Visitors at their quarterly panel meeting on Tuesday 8th January and offered to accompany them on some of their visits to offer his support and gain a greater insight into their role. Independent Custody Visiting is a well established national initiative whereby trained volunteers attend police stations to check on the welfare and treatment of detainees and to ensure that their rights and entitlements are being correctly observed. It offers protection to both detainees and the police, and reassurance to the community at large. The scheme covers the designated police stations at: • Durham • Peterlee • Bishop Auckland • Darlington Ron said: “I fully support the work and day to day operation of the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme throughout County Durham and Darlington. It is essential in this age of 'policing by consent' that local communities have the utmost trust and confidence in its local police service. The Independent Custody Visiting Scheme is a very important part of building and maintaining this trust”.