Police Dependants' Trust News
Edition 7 - June 2016
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fifty50 campaign: Feel the Force

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in our fifty50 campaign this month, each raising £50 to mark our fiftieth year. We hope you have had great fun.

As the photos below show, the team from Avon and Somerset Police Communications Centre and Investigative Assessment Unit certainly did. They held a Star Wars themed dress down day and everyone  who took part made a donation. Fantastic!
You can submit the money you have raised to our special fifty50 campaign page on JustGiving The page will remain open until Friday 8 July. Alternatively you can send a cheque to the address at the bottom of this page; please enclose a completed Money Return Form with your donation so we're able to thank you properly.

Policing Under Stress Conference 

The wellbeing of the police service was the theme of a conference we attended at Canterbury Christchurch University last week. The audience was a rich mix of academics, serving police officers and staff, and practitioners exploring the benefits (and drawbacks) of Evidence Based Policing.

Topics included the impact reducing officer numbers is having on wellbeing, police retention, and how research and evidence can better support the service. A serving police officer spoke about how some of the incidents he has dealt with during his service have affected his own mental health; the cautionary tale being the need to look beyond statistics and speak to the people involved.

Our CEO, Gill Scott-Moore (below left), had the opportunity to talk to the audience about our work and how the Trust is providing greater support for psychological as well as physical injuries. Professor Nigel Fielding (below right) and Graham Heike from the University of Surrey also took part in the conference and presented the interim results of our injury on duty research project. 

The Trust was chosen as the official charity for the event and a donation was made from each conference ticket sold. If you're planning an event that could support our work in a similar way, please do contact us.

Did you know....?

  • We can help with the cost of retraining for officers who have been medically retired as a result of an injury on duty, enabling them to access a new career. 
  • In the unlikely event that an officer is sectioned under the Mental Health Act, we can provide funding for private medical treatment.
  • We support proactive local initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of police officers and staff.
Over the last twelve months we have widened both our eligibility criteria AND the circumstances in which we can help. These changes are ongoing - for example we recently launched our OneInFour Fund - and we're working towards providing a comprehensive new website, but in the meantime we hope you'll find these downloadable quick guides helpful.

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INFO: About the help we offer

Find out more about the support available to injured officers and families of officers who have been killed on duty.

INFO: How to apply

Access our registration form and grant application form, along with our helpful guidance note which explain what we can fund.
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