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Trauma Resilience in UK Policing

About the research

The Trauma Resilience in UK Policing project explores how to better support the brain's ability to process trauma exposure and maintain resilience in contemporary operational policing. The project is sponsored by Police Care UK and works in collaboration with the Department of Sociology. Together, we are providing practical techniques, training material and evidence-based insight to bring real effective change to trauma management for police officers, staff and their families.

The project has been reported on by BBC News, BBC Inside out, Channel 4 Dispatches and The One Show  as well as featuring in the national press, including newspapers, digital coverage and radio throughout 2019. The study has also been selected for the Cambridge Research Evaluation Framework (REF) 2021 and nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards 2019. Here is the latest testimonial to the work from AC Neil Basu QPM National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing

“Counter Terrorism Policing is full of officers and staff who do not need to be motivated to stop terrorists. They get up every day to put themselves psychologically and physically in harm’s way on behalf of the public they are sworn to protect. But, behind the badge they are human beings who experience the most terrible things and it has a profound impact that needs training care and support - precisely the kind of training, care and support you provide. I am more grateful for your help than I can possibly express in this short statement but simply I say - thank you.” 

What's been going on...

Read more at: Establishing the evidence base: 'Policing: The Job & The Life' Survey (2018)

Establishing the evidence base: 'Policing: The Job & The Life' Survey (2018)

The UK's first survey to assess trauma management and working conditions in UK policing engaged with 18,175 officers and staff across the UK between October and December 2018. Headline findings set the UK’s first Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) prevalence rate in policing at 1 in 5 and the world’s first Complex PTSD rate in a working population (12%).

Read more at: Trauma Impact Prevention Techniques (TIPT)

Trauma Impact Prevention Techniques (TIPT)

A feasibility study of post-incident trauma processing techniques (Randomised Controlled Trial design) was conducted between March 2018 - March 2019 with over 70 new recruits at Greater Manchester Police after the arena attack. Findings showed the techniques to be teachable and immediately...

Read more at: Understanding extreme and atypical trauma exposure: qualitative research of high-risk roles

Understanding extreme and atypical trauma exposure: qualitative research of high-risk roles

Extensive qualitative research (i.e. focus groups, consultation and job shadowing) was undertaken through Autumn 2018 and into Spring 2019 with SO15 & Counter-Terrorism, emergency call handling, online Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and firearms units. We uncovered how individuals develop unique skills and coping mechanisms to process trauma exposure and provide recommendations for training, assessment and wellbeing support for those in similar high-risk roles.

Read more at: The new Police Traumatic Events Checklist (PTEC)

The new Police Traumatic Events Checklist (PTEC)

Everyday trauma exposure is becoming increasingly accepted as part of contemporary policing, yet there are no means of quantifying it. The final component of this study is to produce the UK’s first police-specific trauma exposure events checklist (PTEC) to enable forces to do just that.

Read more at: Expert Insight into Covid19 Resilience

Expert Insight into Covid19 Resilience

In order to meet the challenges of the pandemic, we turn to the most influential and insightful voices in resilience and mental health to find out what we can do on the ground to help protect our protectors that much more. Who’s saying what about developing resilience in the police during Covid19...

Latest news

Police Traumatic Events Checklist at BPS Conference

5 July 2021

Our research with Mary Elliott-Davies, one of PFEW’s leading Research practitioners, into the effects of trauma exposure on police officers, including that of incidents specific to the Covid-19 pandemic, featured at annual the DFP conference for the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) this...

New Police Traumatic Events Checklist now published!

21 April 2021

Police Care UK and the PFEW have worked with the University of Cambridge to produce the first UK Police Traumatic Events Checklist (PTEC) designed to represent the most frequently reported "worst jobs" which officers and staff experience in the service. The tool is being congitively tested in 2021 to demonstrate its value...

Dr Jess Miller with Prof Neil Greenberg in discussion on the latest on trauma

12 March 2021

In March, Jess was lucky enough to spend some quality time with one of her trauma resilience guru's, Prof Neil Greenberg, catching up with the latest research on all things TRiM, TIPT, reseilience and peer support. The best take home message is that resilience is about knowing when to ask for help and that, as with so many...