Merseyside Police has pledged its support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve.
The Covenant was signed on behalf of Merseyside Police by Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM, with Lieutenant Colonel Justin Tancrel, Commanding Officer 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, on behalf of Defence. The signing took place at the Army Reserve Centre on Townsend Avenue, Norris Green, Liverpool, home to North West Army Reserve infantry unit A (Ladysmith) Company 4th Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which recruits across Merseyside.
Merseyside Police serves a population of around 1.5 million people, covering an area of 647 square kilometres. The organisation currently employs thousands of people in a variety of roles including Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Police support staff, Special Police Officers and Volunteers.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “We are proud to support the Armed Forces Community in Merseyside, including Service leavers returning to the area, serving personnel and the youth Cadet organisations. Merseyside Police currently employs 30 serving Reservists, and we greatly value the skills and experience they bring to their work.
“Our officers and staff, frequently go beyond the call of duty in their day jobs and their commitment to being part of the Reserves must be applauded and I personally would like to thank them for their dedication, professionalism and commitment in serving their country.”
Lieutenant Colonel Justin Tancrel said: “By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, Merseyside Police is pledging ongoing support to the Armed Forces family, encompassing Veterans, Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and their employers. There is much to be gained on both sides from a partnership with Defence, and we look forward to further opportunities to collaborate in the future.”
For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk