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'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC

'It's OK not to be OK': Partner's simple message after suicide of North Yorkshire PC
The partner of a police officer who took his own life is urging others to speak out about mental health problems, saying: "He was the last person anyo...
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cuts see thousands of police officers signed off with mental health issues

cuts see thousands of police officers signed off with mental health issues
More than 9,000 officers have been given leave in the past three years – and experts say things will get worse due to soaring work demands Brutal cuts...
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PC 'blighted by unexpected deaths' died after falling from Viaduct

PC 'blighted by unexpected deaths' died after falling from Viaduct
A POLICE officer struggled with stresses at work and a number of family deaths before he died, an inquest has heard. Richard Hooley served as a family...
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More needs to be done sooner' for police welfare

More needs to be done sooner' for police welfare
Police wellbeing is the focus of a new 'goal' being launched today by the Home Office in conjunction with partners in policing and mental health. The&...
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Officer and staff welfare focus in HMICFRS ‘State of Policing’ report

Officer and staff welfare focus in HMICFRS ‘State of Policing’ report
Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabularies , has today (12th June 2018) released his annual assessment of policing in the UK. ...
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80% of police officers suffer from depression or anxiety

80% of police officers suffer from depression or anxiety
Reductions in staff numbers are having 'significant impacts upon the public' as fewer officers share larger a work load Eight of out 10 police officer...
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Support programme is helping hundreds of vulnerable officers

Support programme is helping hundreds of vulnerable officers
Charity and staff association jointly fund scheme A support service for vulnerable officers is dealing with 261 active cases across England, Wales and...
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PSNI 'will learn' from death of a Police Inspector who shot himself 

PSNI 'will learn' from death of a Police Inspector who shot himself 
An inquest into the death of a police inspector who shot himself in a police station has heard the PSNI "will learn lessons" from the case. Insp Peter...
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Officer let down during PTSD battle

Officer let down during PTSD battle
PC pens open and honest letter about experiences of struggling to be referred for crucial therapy. “A tragic fatal, a few hangings, countless sudden d...
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Responding to Trauma in Policing – New College Guidance

Responding to Trauma in Policing – New College Guidance
Brand new guidance ‘Responding to Trauma in Policing’ has been published by the College of Policing . Prompted by a series of Trauma CPD events in Lan...
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Case study: Avon & Somerset - diagnosed with PTSD

Case study: Avon & Somerset - diagnosed with PTSD
Years of being punched, kicked, battered, and spat upon, forced PC Simon Mudge to leave Avon & Somerset Police and the job he “loved”. After two y...
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No police force is immune from welfare results

The workshops, organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) follow extensive research into the links between demand, capacity and of...
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It's Time to Talk Day 2018

It's Time to Talk Day 2018
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more op...
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The Thin Blue Line – mental health in the police

The Thin Blue Line – mental health in the police
The traditional image of the British police officer is somewhere between Dixon of Dock Green and the Sweeney – strong, steadfast and unstoppable. But ...
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Discussion on welfare support ‘long overdue’

Discussion on welfare support ‘long overdue’
The policing and fire minister is set to chair a roundtable on police wellbeing, which will include a number of experts and senior officers. Chaired b...
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A Happy New Year for Claire as she’s awarded an MBE

A Happy New Year for Claire as she’s awarded an MBE
Congratulations to Claire Batt, Welfare Officer for the Defence Police Federation , who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. Claire has ...
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The mental health cloud hanging over Welsh police

The mental health cloud hanging over Welsh police
An officer who has had a breakdown during his 23 years on the force reveals what it's like facing trauma Mental health is becoming less of a taboo sub...
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Demand for welfare programme rising as officers struggle to cope

Demand for welfare programme rising as officers struggle to cope
The number of police officers who are struggling to cope with the challenges they face in the course of their duties is growing, according to the late...
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I hope I saved his life but if he'd jumped I don't know if I could have lived with myself

I hope I saved his life but if he'd jumped I don't know if I could have lived with myself
In this emotional interview a retired policeman describes through tears how he saved the life of a 19-year-old on a Saturday night Walter Williams had...
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One in four police officers who died in Devon and Cornwall since 2009 took their own lives

One in four police officers who died in Devon and Cornwall since 2009 took their own lives
Calls grow for better safeguards to 'protect the protectors' including better mental health provision and greater punishments for those who assault em...
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