NORTH Wales Police has received the Gold Award in recognition of its support for the Armed Forces through its Employee Recognition Scheme.

The force is among only nine Welsh organisations this year to receive the accolade and one of 129 nationwide to be awarded Gold by employing reservists and veterans, while encouraging others to do the same.

The news follows on from last year’s success when NWP was awarded silver.

Chief Inspector Jeff Moses, who has served in the Army Reserve for 28 years, said; “The Gold Award further demonstrates our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, our employees and the wider commitment through establishing firm policies to show flexibility towards annual training and mobilisation commitments of reservists among our officers and staff.”

“Armed forces veterans and serving reservists bring a great deal in terms of skills, life experience and positive mind-set to any organisation.”

“In North Wales Police we would always encourage forces veterans to apply to join us. For a number of years we have undertaken a lot of work in the background to support veterans involved in the Criminal Justice System and we work throughout the year with many other agencies to support the Armed Forces Covenant agenda in a variety of different ways.”