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Police: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Home Office written question – answered on 7th February 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) identify and (b) support police officers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government takes the issue of police wellbeing very seriously and has invested in programmes which offer help directly to officers. This includes £7.5 million to fund the development of the National Police Wellbeing Service, which was launched in April 2019.

The NPWS has developed evidence-based guidance, advice, tools and resources which can be accessed by forces, as well as individual officers and staff. There is an emphasis on prevention, for example by helping forces to identify mental health issues early through psychological screening, helping officers to access support earlier. This helps Chief Constables in their duty to ensure the wellbeing of all officers and staff, which includes supporting officers with specific welfare needs by signposting to relevant services and additional support.

We have also set out a vision for a new Police Covenant, recognising the bravery and commitment of officers who work night and day to keep us safe. We plan to focus on physical protection for officers, their health and wellbeing and support for their families.

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