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PCC supports the Home Secretary's plans to establish a Police Covenant

  • Last Updated: 17-12-2019 at 11:12

THE Home Secretary has announced plans today (Thurs) to establish a Police Covenant and the move has received full backing from Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC Marc Jones has been a vocal advocate of the idea and has raised the issue with both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in recent weeks.

The move would promise police officers the same level of support and recognition already guaranteed to military personnel in the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and can expect the support of the nation, society and the government.

Speaking at the Police Federation’s Bravery Awards in London Home Secretary Sajid Javid laid out plans to establish a Covenant to recognise the sacrifice made by those who are working, or have previously worked, in policing.

The Home Secretary will also give his backing to plans for the Police Federation to extend their support to Special Constables, which will give the volunteers the option of the same protections as their colleagues.

Mr Jones welcomed the plans and said it was an important step in recognising the bravery and commitment of serving officers.

“The men and women who serve our communities are doing say day and night to protect us from danger and harm. They deserve similar recognition as those who bravely serve in our armed forces,” he said.

“Our residents, and the nation as a whole, owe these officers a huge debt of gratitude and the Covenant is an important step in acknowledging that.”

The Covenant will recognise that police officers are not employees but rather hold the ‘office of constable’, which comes with a high level of personal accountability and responsibility for the protection of life and property. They must also abide by a code of ethics which sets out the high standards of behaviour expected from everyone who works in policing in England and Wales, both on and off duty.

“I’m pleased to announce that the Government plans to introduce a Police Covenant to provide the support the police so richly deserve,” said the Home Secretary.

“This will be a pledge to do more as a nation to help those who serve this country. It will ensure the sacrifice made by the police is properly recognised.”

A consultation will take place in due course on the principle and scope of the Police Covenant.

The announcement follows the conclusion of the Home Office’s Front Line Review, which highlighted concerns of police officers and staff and proposed a package of measures to reduce their workloads, ensure their wellbeing and give them a stronger voice in decision making.