Police Covenant Consultation
See below and attached a letter from the Home secretary inviting responses in relation to the proposed Police Covenant.
The full survey can be found at: Home Office Survey
I intend to submit a response on behalf of NARPO and in that vein I have already had a meeting with the lead civil servant heading up the work and have given my initial views that this should most definitely extend to retired police officers and their families, in particular in relation to their physical and mental wellbeing in retirement. I also raised the issue of widows pension but was informed that the Covenant will not look at pension matters, but nevertheless I intend to make the point in our response.
This is an open consultation and you can complete the survey yourself including your own views on the questions raised within the survey. See Gov.UK website at: Government Consultations Police Covenant for England & Wales
You will have seen today the announcement from the Home Secretary that we are consulting on the principle and scope of the Police Covenant. The purpose of the consultation is to identify how we can achieve the aim of the Police Covenant, which is to enhance support for the police and their families. The three areas of focus are physical protection, support for families and health and wellbeing.
We seek input from yourselves as policing stakeholders to better understand how the Police Covenant can achieve these aims. Please send this on to anyone who may have an interest in completing the consultation as we are interested in receiving a wide range of responses.
Please see attached a letter from the Home Secretary which gives further detail on the Police Covenant and the consultation. The consultation will be open for eight weeks and will close on the 22nd April 2020.
If you have any questions or would like to seek clarification on anything related to the consultation, please contact us by replying to this email.
Police Covenant Team
Police Workforce and Professionalism UnitTracey Amass
Priority Postings Team (Currently assigned to PWPU)
Crime, Policing and Fire Group
6th Floor Fry, 2Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF
2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF
26 February 2020
POLICE COVENANT FOR ENGLAND AND WALES: LAUNCH OF CONSULTATION
We write to inform you of the launch today of an eight-week consultation on the principle and scope of the Police Covenant. Too many officers are paying the price for their astonishing devotion to public duty. They are true public servants, doing an exceptional job in extraordinary circumstances. They deserve our utmost respect, support and protection, and I am determined to do whatever I can to keep them safe and to make their lives easier.
That’s why I have stepped up plans to introduce a Police Covenant to enshrine the rights of those serving in our police forces. This Covenant is a pledge to do more to recognise the service and sacrifice of our police and to deliver the urgent practical support they need.
The daily challenges and dangers our police face can have a serious impact on every aspect of their lives. This consultation asks what more we can do to help protect them from attack and boost their wellbeing. When an officer suffers it is often their families who pick up the pieces, so we will also look at what more we can do to support their loved ones.
As Home Secretary, my mission is to deliver the safer streets that the people want. We can only do that if we support and empower our outstanding police to do their job. They have my full and unwavering support.
Our police are the embodiment of public duty – facing danger on a daily basis so we don’t have to – and I refuse to allow them to pay the price for that.
This consultation seeks views on the principle of implementing a Police Covenant in England and Wales, to enhance support for the police and their families. It will look at the themes of:
- Physical protection
- Health and wellbeing
- Support for families
It will also consider the scope of the Covenant and who should be covered.
The consultation is aimed at those serving with the police, those who have previously done so, their families and any groups with an interest in supporting the police in England and Wales.
We would like to hear from anyone who has been affected, indirectly or directly, by the impact of policing work and to hear what more can be done to help. Questions include how officers should be publicly recognised for their bravery and work, and what can be done to ease their burden.
We hope that you will fully engage in this consultation process by sharing your expertise and experience and using your networks to ensure that the voices of officers, their families and the organisations that support them are fully represented.