Scottish Custody Visiting Conference
|Date: ||12 September 2009 |
|Place: ||Kincardineshire, Scotland |
|Purpose: ||To discuss Scottish Custody Visiting in the context of the OPCAT |
|Activities: ||On 12 September an APT representative spoke at the annual conference of Scottish Custody Visitors, the lay-body scheme which monitors all places of police detention in Scotland. One of the main purposes of the one-day event, which was held at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle, was to discuss the scheme's important place within the wider context of the OPCAT in the United Kingdom. |
Around 100 delegates attended the exchange where they learnt more about the United Kingdom's (UK) obligations under the instrument, which the country ratified in late 2003. The Independent Custody Visiting Association, which is a voluntary organization that promotes the custody visiting process in the UK, is one of 18 bodies that have been designated as the country's NPM. As Independent Custody Visitors in the eight Scottish regions of Central, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Grampian, Lothian & Borders, Northern, Tayside and Strathclyde the participants have a crucial role to play in implementing the UK's obligations in practice relating to the independent monitoring of places of police detention in Scotland.
In addition to the discussion on the OPCAT, the audience heard some fascinating presentations on a range of other subjects such as the recently initiated joint monitoring of police detention facilities by Her Majesty's Inspectorates of Prisons and Constabulary for England and Wales and the experience of custody visiting in Northern Ireland. The Chief Inspector of Strathclyde Police, Stephen Noble, also contextualized custody visiting within the day-to-day operational work of police detention facilities. The APT is grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to participate in this interesting exchange.
|Contact Person: ||Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer |