The charity Police Care UK has today announced a new corporate partnership with specialist consultancy Principle One, to enhance the organisation’s ability to support serving and veteran police and families get the care and support they need.
With a police officer attacked every 20 minutes, more than 11 serving police officers and staff suffering significant harm everyday, and an estimated 1m police veterans and family members in need of specialist support, demand for Police Care UK’s confidential and independent support has risen sharply following the merger of Police Dependants’ Trust and the National Police Fund earlier this year.
Police Care UK Chief Executive, Gill Scott-Moore said, “At the start of the year, it was clear that Police Care UK needed to review our internal processes to better serve the needs of those we care for so we can enable police and families to recover and rebuild their lives. Sadly this was expertise we simply did not have, and would have been too expensive for a charity like ours. That’s when we reached out to Principle One who were only too happy to help.”
Established in 2018, Principle One has quickly become a strategic partner within UK digital policing. Director Maggie Scott said, “Just as operational policing cannot wait years for large-scale programmes to deliver, neither can organisations like Police Care UK, given their pressing need to focus effort now on the welfare needs of serving and veteran police personnel. As we’ve learnt more about the operational realities that Police Care UK are working with, it’s become clear that there are many ways in which our staff can bring their expertise to bear and make a significant difference to Police Care UK and its mission.”
The new partnership sees Principle One volunteering time and knowledge to review, develop, and support the implementation of a new care pathway at Police Care UK, with the focus on improving the experience for people the charity cares for.
Police Care UK Development and Impact Manager Claire Craigie said, “The team at Principle One have really helped advance our care pathway, bringing new and better ways for us to help serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and families that we care for on a daily basis. With their help, we have been able to gain a fresh perspective on how to implement the new pathway and help adapt our ways of working and take advantage of digital techniques to get support to the people that really need it”
Formally launched today, this 3-year partnership has already seen Principle One provide a programme of pro-bono consultancy, committed a team to taking part in TheBigHalf20 to raise vital funds for Police Care UK, and are currently exploring new ways to support the work of the charity. Maggie Scott added, “This is an important cause for Principle One. Everyone within our team is proud and passionate about our partnership with Police Care UK, and we look forward to enabling those within the policing community to recover and rebuild their lives after suffering harm in their role.”