Support for police officers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3817
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What support does the Metropolitan Police Service have in place for officers who develop post-traumatic stress disorder?

Answer

Answer for Support for police officers

Answer for Support for police officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) provides a broad spectrum of support to assist officers in their role.

This includes a range of counselling and psychological support solutions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, real-time counselling and more specialist interventions if required. There is also a self-referral counselling system and 24hr psychological support through a duty and on-call counsellor contact service.

There is a robust process in place for the management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that includes preventative strategy, assessment and post incident management. Occupational psychological screening takes place before allocation of certain roles where there is a higher risk of developing mental health issues.