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DPA appoints new Interim President

Ahead of the retirement of DPA President Simon Nelson at the end of 2022 and elections at the 2023 Annual General Meeting, we are delighted to introduce Inspector Tracy Betts from Essex Police as the person chosen by the Executive Committee to fulfil the role of DPA Interim President.

Tracy brings much lived and professional experience as well as commitment to the role, and we wish her well when she officially takes on her new post on the 24th November.

Tracy comments: “I’m thrilled and grateful to have been selected to join the Disabled Police Association as Interim President, taking over from Superintendent Simon Nelson later this year. His are big shoes to fill, but I’m sure with the help and support of the incredibly talented and capable Executive Committee and support networks throughout the country, we can take the DPA to the next level and continue to make positive and meaningful change to the working lives of our members, and for the public they serve.”

Tracy will be attending the Annual Conference and looks forward to meeting delegates in person. ∎

Inspector Tracy Betts

Disability in Policing conference marks DPA’s 10th Anniversary

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary this year, the Disabled Police Association, in conjunction with the NPCC will be holding our Disability in Policing National Conference in Coventry on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th September 2022.

Guest speakers include Rosie Cooper MP, Rhian Davies from Disability Wales, Dame Lynne Owens (ex Head of the NCA), Alexis Poole (NPCC Lead for Neurodiversity) and our very own President, Simon Nelson, as well others with a personal knowledge of different conditions.

The theme ‘Conversations with Confidence’ supports our ongoing work with police forces and stakeholders to ensure the fair treatment and inclusion 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, supporting confidence to talk about disability without fear of saying the wrong thing.

The event aims to provide support and advice to Forces on how networks can assist, showcase good practice in relation to supporting officers and staff with disabilities, and explore the barriers in relation to self-declaration and intersectionality. Our committee members will also be on hand to take part in Q&A’s and drop-in sessions.

The conference is open to all police officers, staff, volunteers and CJS staff. To book a place, visit the website, contact your Force’s Disability Support Network, or contact us directly (using the General option and quoting your work email address). ∎

Employment tribunal rules long COVID is a disability

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, an employment tribunal has ruled that long COVID (also known as post-COVID syndrome) meets the criteria for a disability

In a landmark ruling, a caretaker working for a charity successfully proved that coronavirus left him with “substantial and long-term” side effects affecting his ability to work.

Terence Burke first contracted COVID-19 in November 2020 and, despite initially having mild symptoms, lost the ability to undertake even simple household tasks and maintain concentration. Mr Burke successfully fought a disability discrimination case against his former employer, following his dismissal after being too exhausted to return to work for nine months.

Tribunal Judge James Young found that the condition substantially impacted on Mr Burke’s daily life, and commented: “I consider that the relevant tests are met to meet the definition of disability.”

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics estimates that two million people in the UK live with long COVID.

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