Positive to see Chief Constables backing Police Covenant

IT is positive that Chief Constables are backing the Police Covenant, Hampshire Police Federation has said, but it questioned whether there would be there be the funding to implement everything in it.

Chief Constables from all forces across England and Wales have pledged their support for the Police Covenant, which was recently enshrined in law.

Hampshire Police Federation Chair Zoë Wakefield said: “I hope this will make a difference. I hope that everything that’s in the Covenant will turn into a reality and not just be a phrase on a poster on a wall.

“It’s really good that the Chief Constables have voiced support for it, but is there funding in place to implement everything?”

She added: “Our force is actually quite good on the wellbeing side anyway; I know we’re a lot better than some other forces. If the Police Covenant means that there’s a more consistent wellbeing service provided across the country, that would be really good. At the moment there’s a bit of a force lottery as to what you get or what you don’t get.”

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