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Army widow diagnosed with PTSD after husband killed himself from same illness

Army widow diagnosed with PTSD after husband killed himself from same illness
The mum of Army veteran husband took his own life amid his post-traumatic stress disorder battle - now she has it too The widow of an Army veteran wit...
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Suicidal frontline police who are too busy to ask for expert help

Suicidal frontline police who are too busy to ask for expert help
SUICIDAL police officers are going out on emergency jobs because they are too busy to ask for help. A number of officers surveyed during their shifts ...
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Number of police plummets as officers quit and forces miss recruitment targets

Number of police plummets as officers quit and forces miss recruitment targets
Almost 2,500 police have resigned since April last year and most Brit forces say they are struggling to fill roles Experienced police officers are qui...
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Force needs to take 'stick' rather than 'carrot' approach to sickness

Force needs to take 'stick' rather than 'carrot' approach to sickness
'I'm ex-military and people need a bit more backbone'. A scrutiny panel report is urging a constabulary to develop more of a “hardline” take on sick l...
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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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cash-strapped cops than forced to take second jobs

cash-strapped cops than forced to take second jobs
More police officers than ever (7.8%) have taken second jobs according to the headline results of our latest pay and morale survey. This is up from 6....
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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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Device discovered at home of second PSNI officer's parents in Londonderry

Device discovered at home of second PSNI officer's parents in Londonderry
The PSNI have said they will offer support to the family of a police officer whose relatives were targeted by “cowardly thugs” who planted a hoax devi...
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Cop paralysed in Westminster terror attack can finally put kids to bed again

Cop paralysed in Westminster terror attack can finally put kids to bed again
A police officer paralysed in the Westminster terror attack is finally able tuck his kids into bed again thanks to the DIY SOS squad. Hundreds of volu...
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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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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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Horrific moment police officer screams in terror as thug tears chunks out of her hair

Horrific moment police officer screams in terror as thug tears chunks out of her hair
One of the country’s top cops is personally taking steps to highlight the impact of officers or police staff being assaulted or abused on our streets....
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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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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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Police officers talk about their battle against PTSD

Police officers talk about their battle against PTSD
More than half of all police forces in England and Wales have told the BBC the number of officers having to take long-term sick leave because of menta...
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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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increased workloads harms mental resilience

increased workloads harms mental resilience
Equality Liaison Officers (ELOs) have been given a lesson in maintaining morale and mental resilience from a former British Army officer. Lt Col Richa...
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Police sickness bill tops £2 million

Police sickness bill tops £2 million
The bill for sickness absence at Staffordshire Police smashed through the £2 million barrier last year - as nearly 60 per cent of frontline officers a...
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Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year

Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year
Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says. It also claims poor mental health costs ...
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