Home Secretary announces Police Covenant consultation
26 February 2020
Home Secretary Priti Patel
A Police Covenant has come a step closer as Home Secretary Priti Patel announces the launch of an eight-week consultation today.
The move has been welcomed by the National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales who is fully supportive of the process. It follows a campaign by PFEW for a Police Covenant which would see the welfare officers, police staff and their families enshrined in law.
John Apter said: “Policing is a dangerous and unpredictable job and it’s essential that there is something in place that ensures that police officers, staff, retired colleagues and their families receive the support they deserve. This consultation is an opportunity to help shape what a Police Covenant will look like. This is something I feel extremely passionate about and it’s great to see this taking a step closer to becoming a reality.”
The Home Secretary unveiled her plans during her speech at the annual conference of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs' Council.
The consultation period will seek the views of police officers, their families, and other stakeholders on how best to protect the physical health and wellbeing of police officers, as well as how best the recognise officers publicly for their bravery and hard work.
Ms Patel said: “The police confront danger so we don’t have to. Current and former officers, members of staff and the families that stand behind them deserve recognition for their immense sacrifices.
“That’s why I am bringing forward plans for a Police Covenant – our promise to the policing community that they will always have the support of the nation,” she concluded.
In addition, the Home Secretary has announced a cross-government crime and justice task force and an extra £41million for 18 police forces to drive down crime will be introduced.