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North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Donates £15,000 to Injured Police Charity

Julia Mulligan

6:23pm 22nd April 2013

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, has committed to donating £15,000 over three years to The Police Treatment Centres, which treat injured, ill and those Police Officers who may also be suffering psychological issues such as stress and anxiety.

Statistics show that every 20 minutes a Police Officer is assaulted. Police work in a physically and emotionally demanding environment and Police Officers face unusually high rates of injury, disability and even fatalities.

The purposely designed Police Treatment Centres care for over 4000 officers every year offering intensive residential physiotherapy ensuring officers are back in full operation more quickly serving the public and keeping our communities safe. The charity is largely supported by Police Officers themselves with a weekly payroll contribution to The Police Treatment Centres, however with falling numbers of Police Officers and rising costs The Police Treatment Centre has to find ways of bridging the gap.

Julia Mulligan said, “I am delighted to be able to support this brilliant charity. Michael and his team do an awful lot to help and support suffering police officers, and they offer fantastic facilities in Harrogate.

“This money shows that I am putting victims at the heart of everything I do, and police officers can easily be overlooked as victims. They work in a very difficult environment, and I am delighted to be able to support this worthy cause.”

Michael Baxter, Chief Executive of The Police Treatment Centres said ‘Over 170 North Yorkshire Police Officers attended The Police Treatment Centre in 2012. According to research by Glasgow Caledonian University, that equates to a cost benefit of £519,000 to North Yorkshire Police. The donation of £10,000 (£15,000 over three years) is good value for money in anyone’s book’.

Michael added ‘We are delighted to have Julia’s support as a Police and Crime Commissioner it is important to us that we have her support to help Police Officers in North Yorkshire Police.’

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