COPS ready to support family of Merseyside officer

Posted on October 6, 2015 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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CARE of Police Survivors is ready to provide support to the family of PC David Phillips when they are ready, the charity’s co-founder has said.

The Merseyside Police officer was killed in the early hours of 5 October while on duty after being hit by a pick-up truck. Christine Fulton, co-founder of COPS, said the charity would provide emotional support to all members of PC Phillips’ family as they come to terms with his death.

The 34-year-old officer had a wife and two young daughters.

She said: “My sympathies are with the family and if there is anything at all that COPS can do for them at any point, they only have to ask.

“We can help the family as and when they want help. We won’t go in there all guns blazing. It’s as and when the family wishes to speak to us.

“Forces are very supportive in terms of practical things but when it comes to the emotional side of it there’s a limit to what they can actually do, which is where COPS steps in.

“It is the one thing that is unique to us and we are the only charity who do that. We can provide peer support. We can provide a mother to speak with a mother, a spouse to a spouse and we have the children’s events too.

“The family can come along and spend time with the only people who truly understand.”

Denis Gunn, President of COPS, said: “It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of PC David Phillips while on duty with Merseyside Police in the early hours of Monday morning.

“On behalf of COPS I extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to his wife, their two young daughters and all his family, friends and colleagues.

“This will be an absolutely awful time for them all and our thoughts are with them.”

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