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South Yorkshire Police signs up to forces covenant

Pictured at the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant are: 
(front, L-R) South Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, Sheffield City Councillor Clive Skelton, (back, L-R) Police Constable Dean Portman, Fayzeh Mohammed from Sheffield City Council, and Police Constable Christian Ardron.

Pictured at the signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant are: (front, L-R) South Yorkshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, Sheffield City Councillor Clive Skelton, (back, L-R) Police Constable Dean Portman, Fayzeh Mohammed from Sheffield City Council, and Police Constable Christian Ardron.

 

South Yorkshire Police has signed up to a pledge to support current and ex-serving members of the armed forces.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt signed the South Yorkshire Police’s Armed Forces Covenant at an event in Sheffield on Thursday, March 6.

The covenant is designed to compliment the already instated Military Covenant and is a moral obligation between the nation, government and Armed Forces.

The scheme will see officers attend drop in centres, deal with referrals and working with partners to help any military personal, serving or former, who are in crisis.

DCC Holt said: “South Yorkshire Police is committed to supporting the covenant through signposting the veterans we come across, some of whom are experiencing real hardships to the appropriate services or charity.

“We now have a network of officers who are available to assist their colleagues in making that support available through liaising with contacts in the local authority, the NHS and service charities.

“It is hoped that by meeting the needs of our veterans we can do what we can to ease their transition to civilian life and support people who have put themselves on the line protecting our country.”

Many of the volunteers working as part of the covenant are veterans themselves and have a real appreciation of the pressures that come from adapting to civilian life.

DCC Holt added: “South Yorkshire Police is committed to supporting the covenant through signposting the veterans we come across, some of whom are experiencing real hardships to the appropriate services or charity.

“We now have a network of officers who are available to assist their colleagues in making that support available through liaising with contacts in the local authority, the NHS and service charities.

“It is hoped that by meeting the needs of our veterans we can do what we can to ease their transition to civilian life and support people who have put themselves on the line protecting our country.”

Wayne Kirkham, the national lead for the National Veterans Mental Health Network for the NHS, said: “My purpose of being here today was to thank the South Yorkshire Authority for the immense amount of work that they have done. It is so pleasing to see South Yorkshire Police coming on board and recognising that we need to do just that little bit more for our veterans.

“It’s not about putting special services in place, it’s about meeting the needs of the support of the veterans and their families needs in a time of crisis or another time.

“The amount of work already taken place and the amount work that is in the plan for the future is so pleasing. For me if we can roll this out on a national level and follow the example that the South Yorkshire Authority has set then it will be fantastic.”

Christine Majer, the scrutiny officer for Rotherham Borough Council, said: “The Rotherham Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant two years ago, and since then we have held regular meetings with representatives from every organisation that has signed the Community Covenant and South Yorkshire Police are one of those organisations.

“It’s very important that we support veterans because some of them don’t always make the transition from military life to civilian life, and the covenant demonstrates that the organisations are there to give them that little bit of help if they need it. I would like to thank South Yorkshire Police today for this event; it’s an excellent way of showing partnership working to help the veterans.”

Steve Vincent, from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR), said: “I have attended along side Helen Shimwell, the vulnerable persons advocate for Sheffield. We work very closely together ensuring vulnerable people in Sheffield are helped and provided services from SYFR.

“We have attended today to show our support to the Armed Forces personnel and to make sure they receive the support they need in the future.”

 

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