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Widows and Benevolent Friendly Society

Staffordshire Police is one of the few forces in the country to have its own Benevolent Fund.

The fund was created over 60 years ago to provide assistance and support for members and their families in distressed circumstances as well as to provide a fixed death benefit on the demise of a member. Personal Safety Icon Blue

The fund is capitalised by each member paying a contribution, presently £5.00, per calendar month together with any bequests or grants received from other sources.

These contributions are then invested by our fund manager, Brewin Dolphin, providing a pool of money to be used in accordance with the Societies rules.

Membership of the Society consists of representatives from the Constable, Sergeant, Inspector, Superintendent and executive Ranks, together with retired officers and Chief Officers.

The Chairman, together with officers of the Committee are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting in March. The is currently the Chair.

Applications for grants are usually made either through the Police Federation or the Force Welfare Officer and considered by the Management Committee, who meet quarterly.

The Fund maintains contact with the widows of former members each Christmas, sending a Christmas Card and sometimes a Christmas grant (This is subject to annual review and has been around £100 for several years but, in 2015, the decision was taken to suspend these payments and this is kept under review by the management Committee).

The elected officers for the society are, the Chief Executive presently Mr. Gordon Thompson, the Treasurer presently Mr. Peter Hall and three Trustees (Messrs. Trevor Laws, Alec Salt and Andy Adams).