College of Policing
All members should read a new policy that will affect any officer involved in Post-Incident Procedures (PIP), says Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb.
Roger was commenting after the College of Policing yesterday launched a Death or Serious Injury Authorised Professional Practice (DSI APP) Policy that will give officers in all PIP incidents the same protection, support and representation as those involved in a firearms PIP.
“The vast majority of police officers will at some point in their career be involved in an incident in which someone unfortunately dies or suffers an injury. It is just the nature of policing where we are dealing with critical incidents on a daily basis,” says Roger.
“Understandably, these incidents have to be thoroughly investigated and a PIP will be called. These procedures can be quite daunting, particularly for an officer who has not been subjected to this before.
“I would therefore encourage all officers to take the time to read the new policy and find out more about PIP so they have an awareness of what to expect.”
A deaths or serious injury policy has been in place for firearms officers for many years. This has been tested in the courts and has set a standard to protect officers and help with the provision of best evidence. Steve Hartshorn, the national Federation’s PIP lead, said: “We will continue to support our members who are involved in a PIP not only through our Welfare Support Programme but also by ensuring they have the right legal advice. We encourage anyone who finds themselves in this situation to contact their local Federation rep as soon as possible so we can get them the assistance they need.”