MERSEYSIDE Police is one of 36 organisations from across the North West to have been awarded Silver under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their support to Defence and the wider Armed Forces community.
The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to do the same. This includes employing serving and former members of the Armed Forces community, and demonstrating flexibility towards training and mobilisation commitments for Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers. Other organisations to have been awarded Silver include NHS Foundation Trusts and local councils.
Merseyside Police currently has 34 police officers and staff who are Armed Forces Reservists. They commit a minimum of 28 days per year to the Armed Forces while being supported by the Force.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke signed the Armed forces Covenant in 2017 as part of the Forces commitment to engagement with the Armed Forces and veteran`s community.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “I am delighted that the force is being recognised for our shared commitment to the Armed Forces community.
“Our officers and staff should be applauded for the work they do, going beyond the call of duty in their day to day jobs and their commitment to being part of the Reserves and serving their country.
“Despite only receiving the Bronze award in February this year significant work has taken place to develop and strengthen ties with the Armed services including the adoption of a new partnership working scheme – Project NOVA – which will significantly improve engagement with veterans and reduce their involvement with the Criminal Justice System, providing support mechanisms to vulnerable ex-service personnel. This award is another step in delivering our responsibilities under the Armed Forces Covenant.”