Merseyside Police is one of 18 North West employers awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, announced by Defence Minister Leo Docherty today, Friday 16 July.
Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.
To win an award, organisations must provide ten extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said, “This is absolutely fantastic news and would not have happened without the endeavours and commitment of officers and staff across Merseyside Police, but particularly our Armed Forces Champions.
“Such support and recognition drives us on to keep supporting our Armed Services and ex-services personnel in every way we can, and I’d like to thank the whole community for what is an honour for us all.”