The physical and psychological trauma faced by the men and women of the thin blue line today is unprecedented.

Violence, online extremism, child sexual exploitation, rape, terrorism, domestic violence, death, despair. This is their everyday world, and you’d think that the welfare support they need is available and funded by the Government. It isn’t.

Access to support is a postcode lottery – in some areas it is totally inadequate. Unlike our serving military and veterans there is no specialist care programme for the police, so they either suffer in silence or try and fund it themselves by taking on debt.

We know this because day in, day out, the police officers, police staff, and their families tell us so. The Injury on Duty report from 2016 tells us so. The National Police Chiefs’ Council tells us so. The Police Federation tells us so. And even the Government tells us so.

The PDT exists as an independent charity that provides a confidential programme of practical, emotional, and financial support for serving and former police officers and staff who have suffered harm as a result of their policing role.

Operating across all 48 police forces that cover the whole of the UK, the Police Dependants’ Trust ensures that support is available locally when it is needed, and our network of volunteers, supporters, and Ambassadors are helping to spread the word locally.

This support is not funded by the Government, or paid for by taxes. It is all funded by donations and fundraising by the general public.

To make a donation, you can click here or you can call on 020 8941 6907. On behalf of the thousands of injured colleagues we care for, thank you.

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