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Warwickshire Police celebrates Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day (AFD) celebrations are set to begin on Monday (24 June) when the AFD flag will be raised for the week at the Leek Wootton site

Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops to service families, reservists, veterans and cadets.

Warwickshire Police will be supporting both Reserve Forces Day on Wednesday (26 June) and Armed Forces Day on Saturday (29 June). 

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith said: "In January 2018 we signed the national Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating our commitment to treating service personnel and their families with fairness and respect, and recognising their dedication and sacrifice in serving our country.

"As part of this commitment we look forward to celebrating Armed Forces day with our county's military community, and supporting the covenant's great work in the future."

Warwickshire Police has a Reservist Policy in place to support its employees. Reservists have an essential role in our Armed Forces and, through their dedication and professionalism, they make a vital contribution to protecting the nation's security at home and overseas.

Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces - balancing their civilian life with a military career. 

Inspector Lucy Sewell has served with the Royal Signals for 30 years, during which time she has deployed to Afghanistan, Germany, Nepal and Canada. 

She said: "Joining the Reserves gives you an opportunity to enjoy a range of extraordinary new experiences and to develop new skills you would not ordinarily have in your day-to-day life. It has also provided me with skills that are transferable to my role as a police officer."

Warwickshire Police employ several veterans, both serving police officers and police staff.  A veteran is anyone who has served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community. 

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe is also volunteer chair of the West Midlands Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association.

He said: "Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work our service personnel, veterans, cadets and their families do. That also includes all those who volunteer as part of the British Reserve Forces.

"I am pleased Warwickshire Police remains committed to its Reservist Policy, allowing officers and police staff to join reserve forces if they want to do so.

"Strong reserve forces are a vital element in the protection of our national security, while the additional skills that reservists bring back to Warwickshire Police is something that the wider community here in the county can benefit from on a daily basis."

Issued: 8.30am, Monday 24 June, Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications

N.B. Pictured are a group of veterans and Reserves with the force's Assistant Chief Constables, Debbie Tedds and Alex Franklin-Smith (centre)

Published 24/06/19