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West Mercia Police reaffirms commitment to supporting staff from the armed forces

West Mercia Police has further committed to supporting workers from a military background, by signing a 'personalised' version of the Armed Forces Covenant.

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The Armed Forces Covenant ( is a pledge to treat those who have served in the UK armed forces, and their families, with fairness and respect. It focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to services and opportunities as any other citizen.

Having previously signed the covenant, West Mercia Police already holds the Ministry of Defence's Silver award for demonstrating and communicating support of armed forces personnel.

An enhanced version of the document was signed by West Mercia Police Chief Superintendent Charles Hill at a ceremony on Monday 8 January. He was joined by the Ministry of Defence's Lieutenant Colonel Richard Jones - a West Mercia Police officer, who is currently on a career break to work full-time as an army reservist - who signed on behalf of the armed forces.

The special version of the document reflects the force's enhanced commitments to supporting those who've served in the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, cadets and other volunteers, and other similar services. These include a commitment to:

  • Seek to support the employment of veterans of all ages.
  • Recognise the skills and competencies that veterans may bring to the organisation when considering candidates who meet the requirements of a job description.
  • Strive to support the employment of service spouses and partners.
  • Sympathetically review requests for holidays where they impact on family life surrounding deployments.
  • Consider special leave for employees who are bereaved or whose partner is injured.
  • Support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
  • Support local cadet units.
  • Actively participate in Armed Forces Day.

Chief Superintendent Hill said: "West Mercia Police is proud to count a number of former serving members of the armed forces, reservists, and spouses among its employees. The skills and experience military personnel bring to our force are highly valued.

"Our police force has a comprehensive HR policy in place to cover mobilisation, annual training, pensions and pay. The organisation also recognises skills and experience of their reservists and veterans. For example, the leadership and management skills taught to reservists closely match the skills required as a police officer.

"Having gained the Silver award a couple of years ago, we are now working towards achieving the Gold award. The re-signing of the covenant shows our continued commitment to supporting the armed forces."


Issued by corporate communications (LR) at 2pm on 10 January.

Published 10/01/18