Hertfordshire Constabulary is supporting a national initiative to recognise response policing colleagues working on the front line.
The week of action, led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Response Policing portfolio, launched on Monday March 15 and will see forces across the country address important issues faced by response colleagues, such as fatigue and resilience.
The response policing function includes Intervention teams, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Operation Scorpion and those working in the Force Communications Room.
Often, 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 this week will aim to raise awareness of this important area of policing.
The NPCC has worked with Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS), the College of Policing and the Police Federation, to deliver a range of wellbeing and resilience initiatives, co-ordinated specifically for response officers’ needs.
In Hertfordshire, the force’s wellbeing team will be joined by senior police officers as they visit stations across the county in Oscar Kilo’s wellbeing van, where frontline colleagues will have the opportunity to get advice and chat about a range of topics.
The van visits will be coupled with a wealth of resources from Oscar Kilo, including webinars around sleep, fatigue and resilience and self-care toolkits.
In addition, a number of engagement opportunities for front line officers will take place.
Chief Inspector Frankie Westoby, Hertfordshire’s lead for Response Policing, said: “The past year has been hugely challenging for the police service, and Hertfordshire is no exception.
“When coronavirus hit and the country locked down, our frontline colleagues continued to respond to incidents and keep the public of Hertfordshire safe. It is only right that we ensure they feel supported, and that we publicly thank them for their unwavering dedication.
“It is important to recognise that this week of action is not a one-time initiative. The mental health of our officers and staff is hugely important and earlier this year, we appointed a new health and wellbeing co-ordinator for the force to help us deliver our internal wellbeing strategy.
“Response officers in particular work in hugely demanding roles and often deal with the most challenging and dangerous situations, so it is vital that we do all we can to support them.
“Throughout the week, we will be celebrating individual colleagues with case studies on our social media accounts, so keep an eye out for their personal policing stories.”