Kent Police has been recognised with an award for its commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces community.
The force is one of a number of organisations to receive a gold award as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme. To be considered for the award, organisations must provide an additional five days’ leave for reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for employees who are veterans, reservists and Army Cadet Force adult volunteers, as well as partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Organisations should also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme and sign the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise to ensure serving or ex-military personnel are treated fairly.
On receiving the silver award in 2021, Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said:
‘Armed Forces personnel share many of the same values and character traits as police officers, such as a passion for public service and a willingness to put themselves in dangerous situations in order to protect others. It is therefore no surprise to me that Kent Police has a number of veterans, reservists and other members of the Armed Forces family carrying out invaluable work in various roles throughout the force including as part of my own chief officer team.
‘The skills and experience they bring to the job cannot be understated and we will continue to support them and encourage others like them to consider a career with Kent Police.
‘I am very proud that we have been recognised with a silver award as part of this important scheme by the Ministry of Defence, which demonstrates our gratitude to Armed Forces personnel for their service for our country and also our willingness to support them in their current and future careers.’