British Transport Police: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 30 November 2016.

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Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Conservative, Rochford and Southend East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support his Department provides to serving officers in the British Transport Police with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The British Transport Police force has a comprehensive proactive approach to addressing the risk to the mental health of its officers, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This has been developed with the support of mental health professionals, and includes training and education for officers and managers, operational processes to minimise unnecessary exposure to traumatic events, and a network of trained Trauma / Risk Management officers to provide support and assessment. This is supported by an in-house occupational health service which provides services to employees who show signs of, or who are diagnosed with PTSD or suspected PTSD.

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