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Home Secretary: 'Bravery awards a celebration of selfless heroism'

Amber Rudd tells Police Oracle readers she is awarding £7.5million from the Police Transformation Fund to pilot a National Police Welfare Service.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Date - 11th July 2017
By - Home Secretary, Amber Rudd
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This week at the National Police Bravery Awards, we will celebrate the selfless heroism and complete dedication to duty of some of the very finest police officers we have.

Attending the Bravery Awards was one of my first engagements when I became Home Secretary just over a year ago. I remember being very moved hearing each story of utter heroism. Twelve months on, I have seen and heard about your incredible work time and time again. You’ve put yourselves in harm’s way to keep others safe.

Our country has suffered four terrorist incidents in as many months and each time the professionalism you’ve all shown has been truly humbling.

However, it’s your day-to-day work - perhaps not the subject of media headlines – that has had massive impact on cutting crime, making our communities safer and the country more secure. Crime traditionally measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales is down by a third since 2010.

I am left in no doubt that whenever you head out on duty you never know what situations you could encounter and what you might be called upon to do.

I’ve seen first-hand the commitment shown by you, our police officers. I am very aware that your uniquely challenging work can easily place stressful demands on you. The things you see, the dreadful stories you hear, the frightening situations in which you can find yourself must, in some cases, have an impact on someone’s personal wellbeing and their mental health.

It’s only right that policing does all it can to provide high quality support for officers and staff. I welcome the work already being done by forces and chief officers to promote officer health and wellbeing, but we also want to enhance the safety net of support available to you.

At the Police Federation conference in May, I confirmed that, if I returned as Home Secretary after the election, I would approve a bid to start up a National Police Welfare Service. So today, I am awarding £7.5million from the Police Transformation Fund over three years to pilot and - if it is successful - fund a dedicated national service to help provide enhanced welfare support, for any officer or member of staff who needs it.

I am very pleased that the College of Policing, working very closely with the Police Federation, will take the national service forward. It will provide complementary and comprehensive support to serving police officers and staff to strengthen and expand welfare and mental health provision.

You will have often heard me talk about transforming policing for the future. I hope that it’s crystal clear to you all that this means having the right capabilities to tackle crime now and in the future, but also a supportive, inclusive environment for everyone in policing. 

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