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Yesterday (Wednesday 22 September) Gloucestershire Constabulary signed a charter that commits to helping its employees who become terminally ill.
The charter is part of the 'Dying to Work' campaign led by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). It aims to improve the lives of terminally ill people at work, seeking out greater security for them so that they cannot be dismissed because of their illness.
Gloucestershire Constabulary was eager to sign the charter and to remind its employees that their health and wellbeing is of the highest importance.
Today the charter was signed at Police Headquarters by Chief Constable Rod Hansen and Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson.
Chief Constable Rod Hansen said: "Here at the Constabulary we will always look out for our staff's health and wellbeing.
"To be diagnosed with a terminal illness would be hugely stressful for the individual and their family, and if we can help try and alleviate that stress in any way we will.
"I hope that by signing this charter we reduce anyone's anxieties about how we as an employer would treat them if they were ever diagnosed with a terminal illness."
Police and Crime Commissioner, Chris Nelson said: “Police officers and staff often put themselves in harm’s way to help keep Gloucestershire safe, so I’m very proud to work alongside a force which values the wellbeing of its staff.
“By signing this charter, our staff can be assured over their job security, as they navigate what must be a hugely traumatic time for them and their families.”