For frontline police officers and staff

The Police Dependants’ Trust is there for everyone injured on duty as a result of their policing role, for life. It may be an historic injury, with support only now being needed, but we can only help at the point of application and not for historical need or assistance. Accessing support from the Police Dependants’ Trust is in two stages:

Support available

Assistance Grant

What is an assistance grant? Assistance grants are available for a range of purposes to help in times of crisis and to enable officers and their families to keep their independence and improve their wellbeing. The grants can, for example, help with the costs of specialist equipment or adaptations related to an injury on duty, [...]

Re-training grant

What is a re-training grant? Retraining grants are available for officers injured on duty who are then medically retired from the service. The grants can be used towards the costs of re-training so that former officers can access a new career. In order to apply for a grant, you must be registered with the Trust. [...]

Secure mental health treatment

Funding is available to police forces where an officer requires in-patient mental health care in the unlikely event they are sectioned or are at risk of being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. We do not provide direct funding to the officer, their families, or clinics. On the very rare occasion when an officer is […]

Before applying for support from the Police Dependants’ Trust, you must first register with the Trust. To find out more about how to register, click here.

Apply for help

1. Register with the Trust

Once you have registered with the trust, you will be able to make as many applications as you need to over your lifetime. It is a one-off process, and covers you and your loved ones.

As part of your registration, the Police Dependants’ Trust will need to verify the injury with the employing force (see FAQ’s for more details), and the registration cannot be completed until this is verified. That is why we encourage everyone who suffers an injury on duty to register with the Trust as soon as practicable, because it means that we can process any future applications much quicker.

2. Make an application

Making an application for assistance from the Trust involves filling in a form outlining what the application is for, why it is needed, the difference it will make and the cost.  You can make as many applications as you wish and, so long as it fits within our published eligibility criteria, it will be put to our grants panel for their decision (usually 4-6 weeks after submission).

For more details, please contact our support team on 020 8941 6907.

Case studies

Artist Stephen Green is on the way to starting his Master’s degree

Former Mounted Officer Stephen Green found solace in his love of art when faced with injury and ill-health retirement. Now, he has turned that passion into a university degree.

Rachel’s new career following injury on duty

I was beaten down, I was massively depressed and I couldn’t talk without crying all the time. Thankfully, I don’t have those thoughts now, and it’s because of the support and funding that the Police Dependants’ Trust has provided and I’ll be forever grateful.

Remembering PC Richard Gunn

I try to remember Richard’s voice, his laughter and his amazing wit. He was a wonderful son of whom I’ll always be extremely proud

How the Trust helped The Hickman Family

After his accident, my dad had to switch motorbikes for mobility scooters, and though this slowed down his pace of life, he didn’t let it to affect his spirit.

How volunteering changes lives

I was someone who was reluctant to ask for help. I thought my situation wasn’t bad enough or that I shouldn’t get it. All things are possible if you ask for it.

Injured traffic officer Peter Burnsall

When you loved being a police officer like I did, being forced to leave the job is like having your legs chopped from underneath you. In 1989 I was retired because of ill health and at 41 it felt like I was thrown on the scrap heap.

Injured Police officer Gerry Gee

I’d always wanted to join the police force, right from being a small child.

Former officer saved from the streets

A retired police officer from Scotland has thanked the PDT for saving him from homelessness.

Injured Police officer Lewis Pluck

My  life changed in an instant when my car hit black ice and skidded off the road. My wife and baby daughter were fast asleep at home blissfully unaware that I was trapped in the car with a broken neck and had just been paralysed below the chest. Everything slowed down. It happened in a […]

Rita Bhogal’s story

Alongside the many injured officers who seek support from the Police Dependants’ Trust are those families who are trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. Perviz Ahmed, who was known as Paj to his family and friends, was travelling home after his shift when he was involved in a collision. […]

Andy Hussey’s story

To his family Andy Hussey is undoubtedly one in a million. Having survived a broken neck he is also, in medical terms at least, one in three hundred thousand. Andy was on a routine nightshift when he and a colleague were called to reports of a man trying to commit suicide in the harbour. Another [...]

Elizabeth Beech’s story

Some incidents on duty leave police officers with physical scars. Other officers, like Elizabeth Beech’s former husband Robert, are left with mental scars which can be just as debilitating. Elizabeth Beech recalls how Robert, the father of her three children, had loved his job as a police officer. During his service he had spent time […]

Dave Powell’s story

Just a few years into what he hoped would be a long career in the police service, Dave Powell was facing up to the reality of spending life in a wheelchair. A police car Dave was a passenger in was travelling at about 70mph when it lost a wheel. The car left the road, clearing […]

Brian’s story

Brian suffered serious back injuries after being assaulted by a gang of youths. The mobility problems caused by his injuries were such that his police career was cut short.