A GRANT totalling almost £300,000 has been secured to help keep local military veterans safely away from criminality.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) John Campion has been awarded £299,840 from the Armed Forces Covenant for the ‘Remember Veterans’ initiative which will be delivered throughout the area during the next two years.
The project aims to help servicemen and women adjust to civilian life and will provide veterans with, among other things, a new referral and helpline service, peer support, and help to access training and employment support.
Approximately 3.5% of the UK’s prison population have a background in the Armed Forces (MoD) and the ‘Remember Veterans’ project aims to support offenders who are veterans, victims of crimes committed by veterans and front-line practitioners, professionals and volunteers.
PCC Campion said: “Military personnel dedicate their careers to protecting our country, so it is absolutely right that we show the same dedication to them once they leave the forces.
“This funding from the Armed Forces Covenant will help ensure that veterans across West Mercia get better help to reintegrate into civilian society, and avoid the potential for repeat offending and a life spent inside the criminal justice system.