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Men’s health conference held to support officer and staff wellbeing

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The event was held at Exeter City Football Club

Devon and Cornwall Police held a conference on Friday 15 February, giving around 100 officers and staff information and tools to promote personal health and wellbeing.

The event was held at Exeter City Football Club and included talks on prostate cancer, testicular health, nutrition, fitness, stress, mental health and general wellbeing. 

Current and former officers who spoke about living with illnesses and disease encouraged colleagues to seek help from each other and various staff support networks that are in place. 

Sergeant Ed Rowland, who is based at Torquay custody suitewas diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2006. He continues to serve with Devon and Cornwall Police while living with the disease and using a stoma bag. He said: “I struggled for over 10 years with the disease before having the operation to remove my large bowel and have a bag instead. However, the support I’ve received from the Force throughout has been invaluable and has completely changed my frame of mind. 

“Both my working life and personal life is much better now since having my stoma fitted in 2016 and overall I’m much more positive as a person. I’ve had fantastic support in sharing my story with colleagues to raise awareness of this invisible illness and I’m proud to serve with a Force that takes the wellbeing of its officers and staff so seriously and make a commitment to supporting my career.”

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, who opened the event, said: “We have over 5,000 officers, staff and volunteers working for Devon and Cornwall Police, I am extremely proud we’re able to support officers like Ed to continue working in such a vital frontline role. 

“Every day, our teams are put under pressure, both physically and mentally and it is vital we as an organisation do all we can to support them. Promoting health and wellbeing among our officers and staff is not only morally the right thing to do, but also means we have a workforce who are able to meet the challenges modern policing creates, both mentally and physically so we’re able to continue to deliver an efficient and effective policing service.”


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