Posted on 18th April 2017
Our Chief Constable Mick Creedon has pledged on behalf of Derbyshire police to support military personnel past and present by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
We currently employ five reservists and publicly declared our support for the Armed Forces community by signing the Covenant last week at our headquarters in Ripley.
Mr Creedon was joined in signing the Covenant by Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber TD DL, who signed the Covenant on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
Within the Covenant the chief constable pledged to:
- Promote the fact that the force is an armed forces-friendly organisation.
- Seek to support the employment of veterans.
- Strive to support the employment of service spouses and partners.
- Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
- Aim to participate actively in Armed Forces Day.
John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “Throughout their military service, members of the Reserve Forces undergo a variety of training which can be beneficial to their civilian employers; this includes the ability to think on their feet and to lead a team of people.
“We are delighted that Derbyshire Constabulary has signed the Covenant and that they understand the potential benefits of employing service personnel past and present.”
Chief Constable Mick Creedon QPM commented: “We increasingly recognise the value of volunteers in a host of ways. Supporting officers and staff in volunteering as reservists is a part of this.
“By signing the Armed Forces Covenant we are recognising the commitment of the constabulary to provide this ongoing support.”
To find out more about signing the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk