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Appropriate Adult Volunteers

Appropriate Adults are volunteers who are independent of the police. They observe, support and assist detained, vulnerable people in one of the four custody suites in Norfolk.

In accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, anyone considered to be ‘vulnerable’ should have another adult with them when they are interviewed by the police.

Volunteers will be expected to:

  • support, advise and assist the detained person, particularly when they are being questioned
  • observe whether the police are acting properly, fairly and with respect for the rights of the detained person, and to tell them if you think they are not
  • assist with communication between the detained person and the police.

Each day is divided in to 3 shifts:

  • 8:30 am – 1.30 pm
  • 1:30pm – 6.30 pm
  • 6:30 pm – 11.00 pm

Volunteers generally cover one shift a week (subject to their availability), although this is open to negotiation.

Any reasonable expenses including travel incurred whilst undertaking this role will be reimbursed. This includes mileage (currently £0.45 p/mile) and parking costs.

This scheme is run by Equal Lives. For more information and to apply, visit the Equal Lives website.