As the second Response Policing ‘Week of Action’ draws to a close, (20 June 2022), we’ve been celebrating the professionalism and courage of our teams of officers who make up the “thin blue line”.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) initiative recognises the challenges facing Response Officers and gives consideration the future development of this key role that sits at the heart of policing.
Deputy Chief Constable Rob Carden, the NPCC’s lead for Response, said: “The spotlight is on police officers who are often the youngest in service, the first to respond to danger and often the first police officer that members of the public come into contact with.
“It is imperative that we recognise the value of this role and the officers upon whom this responsibility rests.
“Officers in response teams never know what situations they’ll be faced with when they come into work each day.
“They have to be prepared to deal with a wide range of incidents, including complex and sometimes confrontational situations.
“No two days are the same, and officers in these roles come from many different backgrounds and work in a variety of environments.”
The ‘Week of Action’ has also been an opportunity to highlight support that is available to Response Officers to help them cope with this demanding role.
Watching over us: Scarborough and Ryedale Response Officers, PC Simon Hunter and PC Sophie Milner
Chief Constable Andy Marsh, College of Policing CEO, said: “We have created a range of resources specifically with Response Officers in mind so those in policing’s most demanding roles get the learning and leadership they deserve.”
The wellbeing initiatives have included more than a dozen inputs to officers on a range of topics from peer-to-peer support and dealing with fatigue, to digital policing and trauma support dogs.”