Christmas Gift Guide

Happy December!

As we approach Christmas inevitably it’s a time to reflect on the year and 2017 can only be described as extraordinary. We’ve seen the absolute best of policing throughout the UK with officers, staff and their families tested to the limit. Not only in the response to the horrific terror attacks in London and Manchester but in the relentless daily pressure on the service. Finally, every professional police body is singing from the same hymn sheet – that more resources are needed – and it seems that it’s only government and (some) media who, to borrow a line from Charles Dickens, are saying “Bah Humbug”.

So, whilst the optimist in me dreams of an epiphany when those in the corridors of power read the rest of A Christmas Carol, the PDT continues to provide much needed support to officers, staff and their families harmed doing their job.

We’ve revamped our newsletter which is back after a bit of a break but hopefully a welcome way for us to keep you up to date with what’s going on here at the PDT, share stories, thoughts and thank-yous, and let you know how you can perhaps get involved. You can read the contents of this newsletter throughout our website. In future, you can expect to see this e-newsletter every 2 months but if, like me, you’re a bit old fashioned, you can request a hard copy here. And, if you have any suggestions to make, just click here to contact us and send your ideas.

Best wishes to you and your families for Christmas and the New Year,


Gill Scott-Moore
Chief executive, Police Dependants’ Trust

Christmas gift ideas supporting the Trust

If you’re running out of ideas for Christmas gifts for the police officers and staff in your family – or maybe you need Secret Santa inspiration – we have some great suggestions for you. Best of all, each of these gifts raise money to support our work:

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The Theseus Paradox and the follow-up novel, The Detriment, are supporting our National Welfare Contingency Fund. The Theseus Paradox is available on Kindle and in paperback at Amazon. Ask for it in any Waterstones branch or order via the Waterstones website.

Girl Cop and Girl Cop in Trouble, by serving Avon and Somerset officer Sandy Osborne, follows the career of PC Sally Gentle, beginning with her first first few days in ‘The Job’. You can order the book, or download the Kindle version from Amazon.

Credible Justice is the first novel from retired officer, Gerry Stewart, whose career was cut short due to an injury on duty. The book is about a team of covert officers and agents from the US who try to take the streets back from drug suppliers. You can order the book and buy the Kindle version via Amazon.

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Thin Blue Line UK has a huge range of gifts for Christmas. From the custom-made and completely unique Thin Blue Line tartan (which can be made into kilts, scarves and so on) to cufflinks and even dog collars! And if you’d rather give the gift of an experience, rather than a keepsake, you can buy tickets for the Thin Blue Line Ball which takes place in April.

Last but not least, Lizard Workwear is supporting Sgt TCS’s ‘Don’t Stream and Drive’ campaign with a selection of great quality t-shirts and hoodies bearing the slogan. We will receive £3 for every item sold – get yours today from