Metropolitan Police Federation

Federation Rep sets up scheme to provide colleagues extra support when they attend traumatic incidents

Police Officers based in North East London will now get extra support when they attend traumatic incidents, after a Metropolitan Police Federation Rep set up a new monitoring system.

Sgt Kamran Qureshi, who set up the scheme for the North East BCU covering Newham and Waltham Forest, says it will also monitor when a particular officer attends a large number of critical incidents, which could have a marked effect on their mental health.

Kamran (pictured) said: “I am very pleased to announce this NEBCU wellbeing launch. It ensures that when frontline officers attend critical incidents or traumatic incidents, they get welfare support afterwards.

“We collate the details of the first units on scene for any traumatic incidents, whether that’s sudden death, stabbings, murders or higher-risk emotional incidents.

“In any incidents where supervisors feel that the officer’s mental health could be affected, they will collate the details and upload them to a database, which is then reviewed periodically.

“This ensures that the officer gets a thorough debrief, so that they get additional support on the day.

“It also allows us to monitor the trickle effect when particular officers are attending a number of critical incidents. At the moment there’s no system in place to monitor that.

“A police officer can attend three stabbings in one week, do three CPRs or pass on three death messages, and that’s not recorded anywhere and no support is provided to those officers.

“With this new system and database, it allows us to monitor which officers are attending which traumatic incidents and when we feel that a certain trigger is met we then provide additional support.

“That interaction could be either from the Federation, Blue Light Champions, an intervention by a senior leadership team or referral to external organisations such as Oscar Kilo or employee assistance programmes.”

Every time supervisors submit a critical incident briefing document they will now identify which officer attended, which will be automatically entered into the database.

Kamran came up with the idea of the scheme and launched it as a Federation initiative with the help of the senior leadership team. He particularly wanted to thank Ch Insp Jason Clugston for his support.

He said that he hoped the Met could benefit from its findings and that eventually the Federation could roll the scheme out in other areas.