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Warwickshire Police commits to supporting staff from the armed forces

Warwickshire Police has demonstrated its commitment to supporting workers from a military background, by signing a 'personalised' version of the national Armed Forces Covenant.

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The Armed Forces Covenant ( is a national 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 have the same access to services and opportunities as any other citizen.

An enhanced version of the document was signed by Warwickshire Police Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith 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.

This special version of the document reflects Warwickshire Police'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 Franklin-Smith said: "As a force, we are proud to count a number of former serving members, reservists and spouses as our employees, and we enormously value the skills and experience they bring.

"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.

"The positive relationship between Warwickshire Police and the armed forces is crucial, as there are many transferable skills that both organisations can benefit from."



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


Published 10/01/18