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DPA to host UK’s first conference on disability in policing

The Disabled Police Association is holding the first ever Disability in Policing national conference in Hertfordshire on Wednesday 5th June. Guest speakers include Sir Philip Rutnam, Home Office Permanent Secretary; David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner; and Gill Scott-Moore, Chief Executive Officer of Police Care UK.

The theme ‘Enable rather than disabled’ demonstrates one of the key aims of DPA: to work with forces and stakeholders to ensure the fair treatment for disabled, injured officers and staff who have long term conditions. Our Association works particularly hard to ensure that it is the ability of disabled officers and staff which is recognised, rather than perceived limitations.

The event aims to provide support and advice to forces on how networks can assist, show case good practice in relation to supporting officers and staff with disabilities, as well explore the barriers in relation to self-declaration.

The conference is open to all police officers, staff, volunteers and CJS staff. To book a place, contact your Force’s Disability Support Network, or contact us directly quoting your work email address.

High Court ruling on disability retirements and injury pensions

The High Court has ruled that police officers retired due to disability should not have to be reassessed by a doctor in order to qualify for an injury pension. This follows a challenge by former Cheshire Constabulary officer Mark Evans, who retired in receipt of a disability pension but was later refused an additional injury pension, following a medical assessment arranged by his ex-employer.

The ruling established the principle that officers retired through permanent disablement should not be subject to later medical challenges in respect of their entitlement to a pension.

Futher reading:

Police Oracle article (registration required)
Injury On Duty Pensioners Association article
Analysis by David Lock QC (LinkedIn)
High Court decision (British & Irish Legal Information Institute)