The police find themselves in harm’s way protecting the public every single day, with some paying the ultimate price. The physical and psychological scars of policing take their toll on the men and women who keep us safe, and they carry those scars for life.
One in five police are suffering with PTSD right now. Those with Complex PTSD are also three times more likely to suffer with cardiovascular disease, and twice as likely to experience gastrointestinal issues and immune disorders, such as IBS and arthritis.
They daren’t ask for help for fear of ridicule, not being believed, or losing their job. This means they are suffering in silence with no end in sight, and no-one to talk to in confidence who can provide the help and care they need.
They will simply arrive at work, put on the uniform, and parade for duty before heading out into the unknown. 11 of them will be injured on duty today, 11 tomorrow, 11 the day after.
There are currently some 5,000 police officers who are off sick because of injury, and some 12,000 are on restricted duties. They have had their arm broken whilst restraining a violent criminal, been mown down by a drug driver who rammed their police car trying to evade arrest, been shot at because they were recognised as a police officer at the petrol station or are still trying to process the traumatic scenes that haunt their dreams.
Every two weeks, at least one police officer dies by suicide.
Police Care UK is the new name for the merged charities Police Dependants’ Trust and the National Police Fund, and our mission is to reduce the impact of harm on police and families.
Independent of government and the police service, we provide a confidential programme of practical, emotional, and financial support that:
- Ensures everyone is aware of the harm police experience as part of their role;
- Enables police and families to recover and rebuild their lives; and
- Engages with the police service to do all it can to reduce or prevent harm.
We are on a strong and secure footing and committed to raising our profile and supporting more police to recover and rebuild their lives for a brighter future.
Our core values
- CARING | Our approach is one built around understanding the difficult environment in which the police operate in. We demonstrate empathy, respect, and understanding in everything we do.
- INDEPENDENT | We effectively support the service whilst being outside it. This means we can wholeheartedly champion the needs of our beneficiaries free from conflicts of interest.
- OPEN | We share our expertise, experience, and resources with others because we understand that collaboration is the only way we can reduce the impact of harm on police and families.
- RESPONSIBLE | We use our resources wisely to best support our mission, both now and in the future whilst upholding the highest ethical and professional standards possible.
- INNOVATIVE | We constantly seek new ways to improve our working practices, support programmes, and welfare options to better support our beneficiaries so that they can recover and rebuild their lives for a brighter future.
- Daily telephone and email enquiries dealing with inbound enquiries from a variety of contacts.
- Regular data entry of correspondence to the Charity’s management systems.
- Preparation of written correspondence such as thank you letters and invitations.
- Administrative support to the various departments such assistance with volunteer recruitment and induction, the distribution of literature and collateral for the marketing and fundraising team.
- Data entry to the purchase day book, fixed asset register, recording donations and gift aid.
- Assist with the organisation of conferences, events and meetings for all departments.
- Organisation of staff travel arrangements and checking of expense claims.
- Maintaining and purchasing of office supplies.
- Database management (data entry, record management, report compiling)
- Experience of administrative support to an office or person
- Working in an advice giving or benevolent grant making organisation
- Organising events
Skills and abilities
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/Powerpoint)
- Excellent administrative and organisational skills
- Ability to handle difficult enquiries sympathetically while promoting a positive, proactive image of the charity
- Ability to build relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Understanding of policing in the UK
Qualifications / Training
- Good standard of literacy and numeracy with excellent written and spoken english
How to apply
Application is by email, with a CV and cover letter as ATTACHED DOCUMENTS, and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Your submission should include how you meet the person specification, and demonstrate how you are able to fulfil the job description. This is the assessment criteria used.
Closing date: 16th August 2019