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Police Dependants' Trust News
Edition 3 - Feb 2016
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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. 

Former/retired officers invited to share their experiences


As we have mentioned above, around 11,000 serving officers have shared their views on the support available following a physical or psychological injury on duty. Now we would like to hear from anyone who has retired/resigned from a force in England and Wales within the last five years. 

This research, which is being conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, will highlight ways in which we (and others) can do more to support officers and their families. In respect of former officers, we're particularly keen to learn more about how easy or otherwise it is to make the transition into life after 'the job'. Given the pace of change in policing, by limiting this part of our study to those who have left more recently we can make sure we are considering the impact of current practices and whether we have a role to play.

We would be delighted if you would complete the survey which remains open until 6 March. If it's not appropriate to you, please do forward it to friends and any former colleagues you're still in touch with.  
Complete the former officers survey now

Farewell as long-serving Trustee steps down


We're sad to have to say goodbye to one of our longest serving trustees, Arthur Donaldson MBE. After 5 years of dedicated service, retired police officer Arthur has decided to spend more of his spare time with his family and pursuing his hobbies.

He has been a passionate supporter of our work for a great many years, even before joining us as a Trustee. Not only has he helped to guide the charity through recent changes to our grants and support programme but through his role with the Retired Police Officers Association (Scotland) has regularly promoted our work to former colleagues and their families.

We wish him and his family much happiness in the years ahead.

(With thanks to Henry Harper, Secretary of Lanarkshire Branch of the RPOAS for the use of this image).

INFO: About our grants


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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