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Avon & Somerset Police Federation

The National Wellbeing Service has published new resources this week to help detectives protect their wellbeing and mental health

22 June 2021

The National Wellbeing Service has published new resources this week to help detectives protect their wellbeing and mental health.
 
Oscar Kilo’s Wellbeing of Investigators Toolkit contains practical advice in five areas: Leadership; Personal Resilience; Protect and Prepare the Workforce; Creating the Environment; and Mental Health.
 
Earlier this month, the Police Federation of England and Wales’ annual conference heard that potential investigators were being put off from joining detective ranks because morale was notoriously bad.
 
NPCC lead for investigator resilience, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg, told the conference that detectives began their working day with “their head in their hands” because their workloads are so excessive. 
 
The toolkit should help officers in high-risk roles, according to Avon and Somerset Police Federation Chair Iain Prideaux.
 
Iain said: “I am delighted to see Oscar Kilo launch a specific wellbeing toolkit for detectives and investigators.
 
“I have been part of the national Federation wellbeing and detective meetings when we have contributed to DCC Jason Hogg and Cambridgeshire’s Det Ch Supt Martin Brunning’s development of the toolkit.
 
“They are both career detectives and can bring lived experience and a great deal of understanding around the pressures investigators feel. 
 
“With support for managers, personal resilience, mental health and ideas to create a wellbeing environment, this toolkit will help support staff who often carry some of the riskiest work under the closest of public scrutiny.
 
“The toolkit is created from evidence based clinical and academic research, and seeks to identify those high risk roles that you often do and provide specific support for you.
 
“Please use the toolkit and browse the Oscar Kilo website for more supportive measures to bring your health and wellbeing front and centre in your life.
 
“Also, in Avon and Somerset, DCI Larisa Hunt leads on investigator wellbeing and she has some great constabulary resources too. ”