April 10th 2017

Leicestershire Police pledge to support the Armed Forces

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant in Leicestershire

Pictured from left are Police and Crime Commissioner of Leicestershire Willy Bach, the MoD’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Colonel John Wilson, Chief Inspector Duncan Southall who is also a reservist, Assistant Commander Colonel Tom Redgate, Flight Lieutenant with Coalville Air Cadets and reservist with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force PC 4738 Rebekah Harrison-Page, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Lady Jenny Gretton, Chief Constable Simon Cole, Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber and Chief Inspector Steve Potter who is also a reservist.

Leicestershire Police have pledged to support military personnel past and present by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The force, which currently employs four reservists, signed the covenant on 7 April at an event held at their headquarters in Enderby, Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police sign the Armed Forces Covenant (6)

Leicestershire Police sign the Armed Forces Covenant (6)

The Chief Constable Simon Cole signed the document alongside Assistant Commander of 7th Infantry Brigade, Colonel Tom Redgate who signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

Current reservists employed by Leicestershire Police were among those present as were Police and Crime Commissioner Willy Bach and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Leicestershire, Lady Jenny Gretton, who is the President of the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Within the covenant the force pledged to:

  • visibly demonstrate that it is an armed forces friendly organisation,
  • support the employment of veterans and work with the career Transition Partnership (CTP) to establish a tailored employment pathway for service leavers,
  • be flexible in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment,
  • support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including accommodating their training and deployment where possible,
  • support employees who are volunteer leaders in military cadet organisations,
  • participate actively in Armed Forces Day.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “We look forward to continuing to build our positive relationship with Leicestershire Police and are delighted that they have signed the Covenant.

“Throughout their military service, members of the Reserve Forces undergo a variety of training which can be beneficial to their civilian employers; including the ability to manage and lead a team of people. It is great news that Leicestershire Police understand how an individual’s skills and attributes gained through their military service can be transferred into their civilian workplace.”

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “The relationship between the police and armed services has always been strong and we are proud to have reservists among our officers and staff. The covenant symbolises the force’s commitment to this relationship and we are particularly honoured that Lady Gretton witnessed this important event.”

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“The relationship between the police and armed services has always been strong and we are proud to have reservists among our officers and staff."