The Home Secretary has revealed plans to establish a police covenant to recognise the sacrifice made by police officers.
Using the Police Bravery Awards evening as the platform for the announcement, Sajid Javid said the covenant would 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.
He told bravery award nominees from across England and Wales and other guests at the London ceremony: “I’m pleased to announce that the Government plans to introduce a police covenant to provide the support the police so richly deserve.
“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.
“I’m in awe of every officer who plays their part in keeping this country safe. Rest assured, the Government has your back – and the police covenant will make sure of that.”
Helen Collier, secretary of Humberside Police Federation, has welcomed the announcement.
“Day in, day out, as demonstrated by the stories told at the bravery awards, police officers put their lives on the line to protect their communities. Tragically, they sometimes pay the ultimate price and on a daily basis officers are dealing with traumatic incidents which can have an impact on their wellbeing,” she explained.
“The covenant would enshrine the welfare of police officers in law and recognise the unique role they play in our communities.”
The Home Secretary also announced plans for the Police Federation to extend its support to Special Constables, which will give the volunteers the option of the same protections as their colleagues.
There will be a consultation period on the plans for the covenant