7 July 2020
Members should take the time to read a new policy that will affect all officers involved in Post-Incident Procedures (PIP), according to Derbyshire Police Federation chair Tony Wetton.
The College of Policing yesterday launched a Death or Serious Injury Authorised Professional Practice (DSI APP) Policy which will give officers in all PIP incidents the same protections as those involved in a firearms PIP.
“There is a tendency for people to think ‘oh, that doesn’t apply to me’ but, of course, as a police officer you just never know when you might be involved in an incident in which someone sadly dies or is injured,” says Tony.
“Being involved in a PIP can be very daunting so I would encourage all officers to find out more about how these processes are managed and I would also urge them to read the new College of Policing policy which sets out the steps that should be taken by a force to protect officers legally, look after their welfare and support them during an investigation.”
A deaths or serious injury policy has been in place for firearms officers for many years. This has been tested in courts and has set a standard to protect officers and help with the provision of best evidence.
Steve Hartshorn, the national Federation’s PIP lead, said: “We will continue to support our members who are involved in a PIP not only through our Welfare Support Programme but also by ensuring they have the right legal advice. We encourage anyone who finds themselves in this situation to contact their local Federation rep as soon as possible so we can get them the assistance they need.”