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Home Secretary to announce Police Covenant consultation

Police Federation of England and Wales | Police Federation of England and Wales

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Priti Patel to unveil eight-week process at the Chiefs’ summit.


A Police Covenant will come a step closer with Home Secretary Priti Patel expected to announce the launch of an eight-week consultation today.

 

The move has been welcomed by the National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter who is fully supportive of the process. It follows a campaign by PFEW for a Police Covenant which would see the welfare officers, police staff and their families enshrined in law.

 

Mr Apter said: “Policing is a dangerous and unpredictable job and it’s essential that there is something in place that ensures that police officers, staff, retired colleagues and their families receive the support they deserve.

 

“This consultation is an opportunity to help shape what a Police Covenant will look like. This is something I feel extremely passionate about and it’s great to see this taking a step closer to becoming a reality.”

 

The Home Secretary will unveil her plans during her speech at the annual conference of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs' Council.

 

The consultation period will seek the views of police officers, their families, and other stakeholders on how best to protect the physical health and wellbeing of police officers, as well as how best the recognise officers publicly for their bravery and hard work.

 

Ms Patel said: “The police confront danger so we don’t have to. Current and former officers, members of staff and the families that stand behind them deserve recognition for their immense sacrifices.

 

“That’s why I am bringing forward plans for a Police Covenant – our promise to the policing community that they will always have the support of the nation,” she concluded.

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