Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police make a donation to The Police Treatment Centres (19 November 2015)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police's Temporary Chief Constable, Dee Collins, have made a donation of £10,000 to The Police Treatment Centres using monies from the Police Property Act Fund.

The Police Treatment Centres is a registered charity primarily supported by voluntary donations from serving police officers. Officers can currently make a donation of £1.30 per week from their salaries.

The charity provides two Treatment Centres where serving and retired police officers can receive recuperation and treatment following an illness or injury with the aim of assisting their return to better health. The Centres are St Andrews, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Castlebrae in Auchterarder, Perthshire.

West Yorkshire Police's budget will have reduced by over 30% in 2016/17 with further cuts to be announced by the Government in November. These severe cuts and the extra strain they put on staff has resulted in an increase in referrals to the treatment centres.

Mark Burns-Williamson said "People are our greatest resource and ensuring they remain both mentally and physically well is crucial.

"The current climate of brutal government cuts means that our police service, officers and staff, are under intense pressure and strain and I am committed to doing everything I can to support them when they need it in these difficult times.

"The Police Treatment Centres do a brilliant job and I was pleased to be able to make a donation to such a worthy cause."

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "Police Treatment Centres do an incredible job, looking after the people whose working lives are devoted to keeping our communities safe.  West Yorkshire Police and our Federation are very committed to the wellbeing of our staff and I am delighted to support the donation to this worthy cause."

Patrick Cairns CEO of the Police Treatment Centres said "We are incredibly grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson and Chief Constable Dee Collins for their very generous donation of £10,000 to the Police Treatment Centres. 

"This is a very challenging time to be a Police Officer and we treat hundreds of West Yorkshire Police officers every year who present with both physical and psychological conditions, many of which are a direct result of the excellent work that they do in serving the community and public throughout West Yorkshire which often exacts a heavy toll on them personally. 

"The PTC prides itself on treating these men and women, and getting them back to work as swiftly as possible, which is where they want to be, protecting and serving the public.  The large donation from the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable will provide a big boost to our finances, and will help to ensure that we continue to support and treat West Yorkshire Police Officers when they need help most"

Almost 4000 serving and retired officers attend the Treatment Centres each year and most receive intensive physiotherapy. Others seek support with stress-related conditions and some attend for reasons of respite or to recuperate following an illness or operation.

The £10,000 donation from the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police came from the Police Property Act Fund which contains money from the sale of property connected with crime and can only be used for one-off charitable donations.

To find out more about The Police Treatment Centres including the help and support they offer visit http://www.thepolicetreatmentcentres.org/


 

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