First PaDP wellbeing event at Portcullis House a success
The Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP) unit hosted their first wellbeing event last week and the Police Dependants’ Trust was there to share information about the support available for frontline colleagues.
The event, which was held at Portcullis House and hosted by the Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations unit, saw 160 frontline colleagues from all ranks attend the event, along with organisations and charities supporting the service like the Police Dependants’ Trust.
As well as information stands handing out information and goodies, the Police Dependants’ Trust was there to spread the word. PDT Ambassador Clive Knight said, “wellbeing events like this one are important to the people on the frontline to let them know that support exists for them from people like the PDT.”
The PaDP wellbeing event comes on the back of a challenging time that has seen the murder of colleague PC. Keith Palmer during the Westminster Attack in 2017. The operational tempo of policing in times of heightened security are taking their toll on individuals within the service, with more people than ever before carrying multiple symptoms of post-traumatic-stress around with them.
One participant (name restricted for operational reasons) said, “There are some real challenges here for colleagues who have had a really difficult year. It’s good to know that the Police Dependants’ Trust is here for them, and for me. Thank you for everything you do.”
Amongst those attending was Grahame Cole, best know for his role as PC Tony Stamp from ITV’s The Bill. Sharing stories from his time on set, Grahame also took time to hear from PDT volunteers about the work of the Trust, and what is going on. Grahame said, “Charities like the Police Dependants’ Trust are important now more than ever before, and I’m pleased to see that the public continue to support the vital work you do for the police.”
More wellbeing events are planned across the country, with PDT volunteers manning information stalls and giving updates about the support available for frontline colleagues who suffer harm as a result of their policing role.