The award comes only a few short months after the CNC signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and achieved our bronze award in November 2019.
The scheme encourages employers to support defence personnel and inspire others to do the same. Bronze, silver and gold awards are awarded to employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
By achieving our silver award, we have demonstrated that we are an armed forces friendly organisation and employ reservists, armed forces veterans, cadet instructions and military spouses and partners. We have policies and procedures in place to support defence personnel who join us, and also work closely with the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) to attend as many of their recruitment events as possible to present the CNC as an employer of choice for those leaving the armed forces.
Chief Constable Simon Chesterman said: “I am proud that the CNC has achieved its silver award so soon after securing bronze. We recognise that armed forces personnel have a wealth of skills and experience to offer. As they are used to carrying out a nationally vital role in keeping the UK safe, they are a good fit for our organisation and our core role of protecting critical national infrastructure.
“We are also in the unique position that allows us to work alongside serving members of HM Forces during any deployment as part of the strategic armed policing reserve and we have forged close relationships with our armed forces colleagues as a result. We will now begin working towards our gold award as part of the scheme, which we hope to achieve in 2021.”
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