MERSEYSIDE Police has been awarded for their support to the armed forces community.
The Force was one of 36 organisations in the North West to be given ‘Silver’ under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
The scheme was launched to reward employers who offer support such as employing serving and former members of the armed forces community and demonstrate flexibility towards training and commitments for Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
Merseyside Police currently has 34 police officers and staff who are armed forces Reservists. They commit a minimum of 28 days per year to the armed forces while being supported by the Force.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said: “Our officers and staff should be applauded for the work they do, going beyond the call of duty in their day to day jobs and their commitment to being part of the Reserves and serving their country.
“Despite only receiving the Bronze award in February this year significant work has taken place to develop and strengthen ties with the armed services including the adoption of a new partnership working scheme – Project NOVA – which will significantly improve engagement with veterans and reduce their involvement with the Criminal Justice System, providing support mechanisms to vulnerable ex-service personnel.
“This award is another step in delivering our responsibilities under the Armed Forces Covenant.”