A new wellbeing toolkit for Investigators, the first of its kind, is being launched today (21 June 2021) with the aim of ensuring anyone who works in an investigative role in policing can feel heard, valued and know where to seek wellbeing support if they need it.

We are delighted to support the NPCC by making this comprehensive toolkit available to all officers and staff via the Oscar Kilo website, therefore helping to provide investigators, their line managers and leaders with the information they need to build up their resilience to continue doing the critical job that they do.

“The role of a Detective and Police Staff Investigator (PSI) is incredibly rewarding but can also be extremely challenging and can have an adverse impact on health and wellbeing. It is therefore more important than ever for officers, staff and supervisors to look after themselves and each other and I encourage you to access the resources in this toolkit.”

DCC Jason Hogg, the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for Investigator Resilience

The product has been the culmination of eight months of work by the National working group, who have worked closely with colleagues in the College of Policing, Oscar Kilo, Police Federation, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and force champions in order to identify best practice.

The group have drawn on research, particularly the National Police Wellbeing Service and Durham University 2019 Wellbeing Survey, which demonstrated that investigators experience the lowest levels of wellbeing across policing, and particularly suffer from a loss of emotional energy.

DCS Martin Brunning leads the National group and said: “As a career detective, I can think of no other policing specialism that brings more satisfaction and sense of personal pride than being an investigator.  Supporting victims and their families through the most harrowing life experiences and finally securing justice is why many of us join policing. However, we know that the personal sacrifices investigators make, the continual exposure to trauma and the high workloads can converge to heavily impact on the wellbeing of investigators. 

“Across UK policing there is an absolute plethora of wellbeing interventions, initiatives and measures available. However, to date we have not had a central repository for interventions, any measure of their effectiveness and there has been much duplicated effort. I would urge those attending the event to ensure they share the toolkit with their colleagues in force.”

CC Chris Rowley, NPCC Lead for Wellbeing and Engagement said: “It is encouraging to see national working groups coming together to deliver something that we believe will be of real benefit to those doing the job, day in day out. 

“The toolkit has a raft of interventions that have proven benefits and are graded to show ease of implementation, cost of implementation and effectiveness. Interventions are categorised into Leadership, Personal Resilience, Protect and Prepare the Workforce, Creating the Environment and Mental Health.”

The Interactive Toolkit

Week of action events

Throughout the week we are working with the National Working Group to hold a series of free online events, looking at different themes each day. These events will be held on Microsoft Teams and you can join the sessions by using the links below.

Tuesday 22 June

Overview of the Oscar Kilo Policing Peer Support Programme – 10am

Oscar Kilo has developed a Peer Support model based on comprehensive international research from Canada, Australia and America. This programme is available for any Police Force to enrol and undertake a series of on online modular style training. This overview will give attendees an understanding of the programme, how it can assist investigators and how to enrol your force in the programme.

Supporting those through misconduct procedures – 2pm

Welfare Support Officers (WSOs) are willing volunteers from a cross section of policing disciplines and ranks who support those who are subject to misconduct processes. This presentation will give a comprehensive overview of the scheme and how forces can adopt similar in house. 

Wednesday 23 June

Managing mental health for senior investigating officers – 10am

This webinar features the personal experiences of two senior investigating officers and the significant challenges they faced in managing and maintaining mental health.  It considers key lessons learned and how we can better support SIOs in what can be a difficult and lonely role.

Thursday 24 June

Personal Resilience – 11.30am

In this session hosted by Fortis Therapy will be discussing personal resilience. You will learn how to identify what impacts your resilience and what you can do to improve it.

Mindfit Cop

Today we would also like to encourage you to sign up for Mindfit Cop, our eight week online mindfulness course. As officers and staff, we frequently experience things and are exposed to traumas that most people will never experience. Mindfulness training offers us tools to help deal with these pressures and with the reality of policing today.

Friday 25 June

Op Hampshire and the role of investigators – 10am

Dave Brewster of Oscar Kilo discusses the short and long term impact officer assaults can have, how this can impact investigator colleagues and what steps forces can take to help keep our officers safe.

The Blue Light Wellbeing Framework and Health@Work Charter – 12 noon

The Health@Work Team outline the benefits of signing up to the Health@work charter and how it can significantly improve the wellbeing of officers and staff.  Supported by colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service who will outline the steps taken to introduce the charter in force and lessons learned.