Police charities join forces
17 February 2017
Representatives from the new organisation Police Charities UK
Police charities united today to improve access for officers and their loved ones.
More than 20 organisations attended the Police Charities UK launch,
signalling their commitment to work in partnership and share best
practice to provide the best support possible to the wider policing
A new website was also unveiled: www.policecharitiesuk.org, which will signpost those in need to the correct organisation.
National Police Chaplain, Revd Canon David Wilbraham, said:
"Unfortunately, given the nature of policing, sometimes things go wrong.
Police officers get injured or are sadly sometimes killed in the line
of duty. There are several excellent organisations providing specialist
help and treatment and others who are there to pick up the pieces for
families when officers are tragically killed. But sometimes it can be
confusing knowing where to turn. Today is the start of a new joined up
approach which will hopefully make it easier to access the services of
various police charities.
"We have also included the Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish
charities because there are no borders in the policing family and there
have always been historical ties between the countries and our
respective police forces."
Also attending the event was the Director General of Crime, Policing
and Fire Group Paul Lincoln who spoke of the Home Office’s support for
Policing and Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said: "Police charities play
an incredibly important role in caring, rehabilitating and supporting
police officers, staff and their families. Police Charities UK will help
organisations across the voluntary sector work more collaboratively and
further improve the valuable services they provide.
"Police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep our communities
safe on behalf of the public and in sad and tragic circumstances we
must make sure they and their families receive support when they need it
PFEW Chair Steve White said: "The charities involved will remain
separate entities in their own right but in a sector with busy and
varied demands, we identified a need to forge stronger relations between
those carrying out this important work. Working together in this way
will enable charities to identify common goals, avoid duplication and
maximise resources at a time when budgets are increasingly constrained."
Police Charities UK was initiated by PFEW with the launch today hosted at our headquarters in