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BTP wins award for ?exceptional? support of military reservists

Government defence employer scheme praises force for flexible time off approach
Published - 25/09/2019 By - Ceysun Dixon

The BTP has been recognised for its “exceptional” support to the military service reservist workers it employs.

The force has been given a silver award in recognition of its treatment of all police staff who are army, navy or air force reservists, by the government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The scheme recognises employers for treating members of the armed forces or veterans fairly. 

The BTP has been commended in particular for its approach to allowing time off to reservists to complete their duties. The force currently has around 30 reservists.

Reservists typically provide support to the regular army domestically and internationally when needed – and could be called in to support full-time soldiers in times of need and join them on operations.  

Speaking after the awards were handed out, the deputy chief constable of the BTP Adrian Hanstock, said: “We are proud to support the military family within BTP and we recognise the incredible commitment of reservists.

“The skills they gain from their military activity not only serve the public and protect the country but also benefit BTP in their day-to-day roles.

“We will continue to do all we can to develop our work and achieve the coveted gold award.”

The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said: “Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”  

The silver award follows the bronze award the BTP won in March and comes over a year after the force committed itself to supporting the armed forces community in April 2018.

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