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 Chief’s 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, ensuring that support is available in your area when it is needed, and we have volunteers helping to spread the word locally.
12 police officers and staff suffer harm as a result of their policing role every single day, and last year we supported more than 5,000 in need with specialist equipment, adaptations to their home, access to treatment, specialist trauma-based counselling, and financial assistance because of hardship.
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.
The Government has today published its common goal for police wellbeing in England and Wales, which it expects to deliver tangible results Nationally by 2021.
The Police Dependants’ Trust recently rolled out its Ambassador programme across the UK and received more applications than ever before to support the work of the Trust.