Both John Apter & Phill Matthews have put themselves forward for the Job. A serving PC has asked us to share their story in relation to their experience with John Apter. If you have a similar story about Phill Matthews then scroll down in order to contact our team
Thursday 13th July | by Cop(ex) | Connect with us on Twitter |
These are the words of Amy Oliver:
“As many of you will know, John Apter is standing to be the Chairman of the Police Federation of England & Wales.
John is well known within Hampshire Constabulary for his achievements and the changes he has fought to bring about.
However, what some of you may not know is what he is like on a personal level. This is where I would like to share with you my own experience.
In January 2018 I had been off work for 2 months with mental ill health caused by post-traumatic stress and depression.
For various reasons which I don’t wish to dwell on here, I was really struggling to get the help I desperately needed.
I felt unsupported and forgotten about by the Constabulary. I didn’t wish to cause a fuss and had no energy left to fight to get help.
A friend contacted John Apter without my knowledge. This is when things started to turn around for me.
John called me within 24 hours of hearing about the situation.
He took time out of his day to listen. He moved meetings to ensure that within the next few days he could meet with me in person.
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He spoke with the head of occupational health and argued my corner for me. He ensured I was meeting with the correct people and that I was able to gain access to the help which I should have been offered two months previously.
Within two weeks of John Apter being contacted, I started a course of Trauma Therapy. Without his help, I don’t know if I’d have been offered this at all.
He referred me to numerous support agencies and made me aware of which insurance policies I was entitled to claim from. He wanted to ensure that I didn’t lose out financially from a psychological injury on duty.
If an officer has been let down, John takes it personally.
He went out of his way to help me in ways that I would have never expected and for no other reason than because he genuinely cares.
When he heard of what led to me becoming unwell, he applied for and organised funding to get me a respite break.
When I was informed that my insurance claim for temporary disablement due to psychological injury, couldn’t be covered owing to the cause being an accumulation of incidents as opposed to just one incident, I was ready to accept that it was a shame but final. John however was not happy to accept this.
He fought for what he thought was right. Unprompted and initially without my knowledge, he argued to get my claim paid as well as calling for the insurer to review their policy so that other officers would not lose out in future.
During my stay at Flint House, the Police Rehabilitation Centre, I was a bit shocked to hear that other forces do not share the same view of their Federation and Federation Representatives.
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The general consensus from other police forces was that they were pointless and uninterested.
John came to visit me at Flint House. As well as check on my welfare, John took the time to speak to everyone, regardless of which force they were from and was interested in what they all had to say.
After he left, a few people from the Metropolitan Police said to me; “Your Fed Rep seems to care more about us than our own”.
Above all, John never forgot about me.
He is understandably very busy, but this did not stop him finding the time to keep in contact with me, in person, over the phone and via text.
He was checking that I was being treated correctly every step of the way and made sure that any issues were addressed to prevent other Officers having the same experience in future. He made me feel like I mattered.
Thanks to his help and intervention, I am now on the road to recovering and have returned to work.
John Apter really cares about this job and its Officers. He is compassionate and has the fight and drive required to bring about real change. I cannot think of anyone else I’d rather have as the Chairman for the Police Federation of England & Wales.
Voting is open today Ladies and Gents and is open until 30th July. Please make sure you take the time to vote.”
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