We've got something to celebrate
This August, we will celebrate a huge milestone as we turn 50. Since the Trust was founded in 1966 it's estimated that we have helped more than 7000 people; this has been possible thanks to the commitment of many thousands of donors, supporters and volunteers.
During the year we are organising and taking part in various events to not only mark our anniversary but to look ahead to what the future holds for the Trust. An important part of this will be sharing the results of our survey into support for officers who are injured on duty. Around 11,000 serving officers have completed the survey and now it's the turn of former and retired officers to give their view (see below for more info). This work and subsequent one-to-one interviews with officers really will help to shape our services for the future and enable us to do more for you and your colleagues.
There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with us during this year. We will be asking as many of you as possible to commit to raising £50 to celebrate our 50th year (keep an eye on our website and social media for more information). Met Police Officer Ashton Palmer Jones won our Facebook competition so in April he will run the London Marathon in aid of our work (you can sponsor him here
). We have also been chosen as the official charity of an important event at Canterbury Christchurch University in June on the theme of 'Policing Under Stress'. There's more information on that conference available here
Throughout the year we will try to attend as many policing events as possible so do come and talk to us about what matters to you. For starters we're attending the Retired Police Officers Association (Scotland) conference in April, the Police Federation of England and Wales conference in May, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers conference in September. If you have an event you would like us to attend, please send us the details
. Our team is small but we will try our best to join you.
Of course our anniversary also marks 50 years since the shocking murders of three police officers
in Shepherd's Bush, London. We will remember Sergeant Christopher Head, Constable David Wombwell and Constable Geoffrey Fox (pictured below) at the National Police Memorial Day Service in London this September.