The efforts your officers put in saved my son’s life

I made a 999 call after discovering my 16-year-old son had left a suicide note hidden in his bedroom, after telling me he had gone to play football with friends.

The call handler I spoke to on the phone said someone would come out to us and once the officers arrived, they were amazing.  They kept me informed, communicated with other officers, spoke to the friends and family who had congregated at my house, did their upmost in keeping me calm and more importantly worked with their colleagues to get my son home safely. Throughout they were so calm and professional. Continue reading

It’s time to talk

Ben DimmockSergeant Ben Dimmock is part of the force’s Crime Reduction Team, who work to understand local crime patterns and hold events across the county to advise residents and businesses on security and personal safety. Ben also plays a pivotal part in the force’s new Junior Police Squad scheme.

He talks about his experience with depression and how important it is to speak to someone if you are struggling. Continue reading

Hitting the high notes for dementia

Sgt Phil Boyd has been with Bedfordshire Police for 6 years after joining Durham Constabulary in 2003 and transferring in 2010. For the past few weeks he has been attending ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions, run by the Alzheimer’s Society. He explains why he’s been attending, and how he hopes it will make a difference…

I first heard about ‘Singing for the Brain’ at a Dementia Champions Forum organised by our Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred, who leads on mental health for the force. We have been holding these, as well as Dementia Friends sessions, pretty regularly over the past year and we encourage people to attend because dementia is such a complex illness, and it’s important that everyone across the force has some understanding of it.

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