Examples of support
The PFOA will give you and your family a choice. We have alternative methods of support, not just counselling. We want you to be comfortable with who you speak with, where you speak with them, and when you speak with them.
These are just a few examples of support we have given over the past couple of months - There are many more! You will see that most of the support we give is for events that cause distress to colleagues and their families, and in some cases results in the officers being removed from Ops. We aim to get our members back to work asap and to ensure their families are cared for.
We have had several officers all over the UK whose partners have miscarried late into their pregnancies.
The PFOA has been able to support these members and their partners by way of counselling, Paradigmatic Coaching, or respite breaks.
Officer Involved in a fatal shooting
PFOA assisted by offering counselling/coaching support to officers family. A respite break was granted to allow the officer and his family to get away and spend some valuable time together as a family unit.
Officer suffering from a hereditary illness preventing him from training and keeping active
The PFOA purchased a new cross trainer and have loaned this to the officer to enable him to remain active and hopefully return to Ops.
Officer had responsibility of caring for terminally ill close relative
PFOA contacted and gave immediate Paradigmatic Coaching support (within 48hours)
Officer involved in a traumatic fatal incident whilst off duty where he and his partner were affected
PFOA arranged for officer and his partner to get away for a few days immediately (within 48 hours)
Officer involved in a traumatic incident at work which caused much stress and anxiety resulting in him being off Ops
PFOA arranged for a specialist counsellor to see officer within 3 days (officer back at work now)
Officer had a problem with his feet which caused pain and discomfort which resulted in him being unable to pass fitness test and being taken off ops
PFOA provided funds for additional private physio and some specially made inserts for his boots - Officer back on Ops!
Officers father suffering from terminal cancer - officer travelling 100s of miles each week to visit
PFOA assisted financially with travel costs and for the officer to take his father out
Family day for Suffolk Firearms Unit
PFOA Funded the childrens entertainment and catering. We also spoke to the partners and families of officers.
Several members have been involved in Inquests
PFOA arranges support for the officers prior to the Inquest and after by way of a respite break for the officers and their families.
Officer having confidence problems with classification shoot
Paradigmatic Coach session with officer - who passed the next classification without problem!
Officer suffering from serious back and leg problems - exhausted all force support including attending Police Rehabilitation Centre twice.
PFOA provided funds for hydropherapy and additional physio sessions.
All requests for support will be considered by the three trustees. Each request will be decided on its own merits. The PFOA is not a replacement for private healthcare. Whilst we will take a view on any request for assistance, we will not fund private care such as Physiopherapy, MRI Scans etc unless there is clear evidence of hardship or where OH and NHS services are unacceptably delayed. All requests for counselling and Coaching will be dealt with by a contact officer. We will contact you within 48 hours or sooner to arrange support. This includes all close family members.