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Response to Police Covenant announcement

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has welcomed the announcement that a Police Covenant is to be enshrined in law.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “The news that a Police Covenant is to be enshrined in law is excellent news for the thousands of police officers, staff and volunteers who face huge levels of physical and emotional stress on a daily basis to keep us safe.

“Anyone who has had even a slight glimpse of the levels of demand piled upon our officers can hopefully understand the pressures they are constantly faced with, and this long-awaited covenant will provide an official recognition of their bravery and the sacrifices they have to make.

“I am glad the Government’s proposals place an initial focus, not only on physical protection, but on the health and wellbeing of those who work for police forces around the country. In responding to the Home Office’s consultation, I was among those who insisted that looking after the mental health of our officers was placed right at the heart of these plans.

“The numbers of officers across the country who are leaving the job because of mental ill health is an incredibly worrying trend, and I hope that the new Police Covenant will provide an opportunity for the Government to grasp this problem.

“Yesterday’s announcement placed a requirement on the Home Secretary to report annually to Parliament on how the plans are progressing. I look forward to following these developments and seeing the covenant become a reality.”

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