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Trauma Resilience in UK Policing


Initial findings from the Police: The Job & The Life survey (funded by Police Care UK) hit headline news on 9th May across the UK, reporting that 1 in 5 officers and staff were likely to have clinical levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). A question was also raised in Parliament. 

With support from the Police Federation of England & Wales (PFEW), the College of Policing, and voices of officers around the UK, the work of Dr Jess Miller, Dr Brendan Burchell and Dr Magdalena Soffia was widely reported on in national media.

House of Commons, Labour MP Stephanie Peacock raised a question about the report, to which Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom replied saying the findings were "extremely concerning"  (See BBC I-Player 27mins 30 secs in). The report was also referred to by Louise Haigh, Shadow Policing Minister. 

Click here for the media presentation and the report briefing.

Here below are a few excerpts from the media coverage...





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