Keeping the peace: Series 2

We are excited to bring you the second series of the 'Keeping the Peace' podcast-style interviews with Alexis Powell-Howard from Fortis Therapy and Training. 

This series focuses on the impact of policing on officers and staff – how and why they do their roles and the impact the work can have on them. 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part.

About Fortis Therapy and Training

Fortis Therapy and Training are a multi-award winning therapeutic mental health and emotional wellbeing service. Alexis Powell-Howard, is the MD of Fortis Therapy and Training and a TEDx speaker, psychotherapist, systemic practitioner, coach, trainer, and mediator, who is facilitating the conversation. 

Alexis and her business have worked with police forces for many years providing effective therapy, training, and team development.

Episode list

  • Episode 1: The duty of self care
  • Episode 2: The masks we wear
  • Episode 3: Working as a firearms officer
  • Episode 4: Force control room
  • Episode 5: Family liaison officers
  • Episode 6: Protecting vulnerable people
  • Episode 7: In response
  • Episode 8: Working as a traffic officer

Episode 1: The duty of self care

Sergeant Mark Mottashed

In this podcast style interview Alexis talks with Sergeant Mark Mottashed of Lancashire Constabulary about the importance of self care, what self care means, Mark’s experiences and his lessons learned during his career.

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Episode 2: The masks we wear

DCI Pete Thorp

Alexis talks with DCI Pete Thorp of Humberside Police about the masks we wear and in particular his mask. Alexis asked him to take part in a creative task, and in this podcast they discuss how this felt, how Pete interpreted the task and his reflections having done it.

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Episode 3: Working as a firearms officer

Steve Hartshorn and Barry Calder

This conversation gives a fascinating insight in to the world of armed officers, the challenges of using firearms in policing, the teamwork, the de-briefs, ways of coping and the impact of having to potentially take a life. In this candid conversation we hear about the importance of keeping mentally well in what can be a very difficult job and the potential for trauma.

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Episode 4: Force control room

Tracey Whelan and Mike Gibbs

This insight into the world of the control room from Tracey and Mike shows how challenging this role can be. Receiving 999 calls and then dispatching units, never knowing what calls will be for or what is happening when they take the call, they have to rely solely on verbal communication, asking the right questions, listening to people, being calm under pressure, preparing for the unexpected and sometimes being in a ‘no win’ situation whilst processing distressing information…..and then taking the next call. In this conversation, we cover all of the above and their own personal experiences.

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Episode 5: Family liaison officers

Kate Kieran and Lou Pye

The force liaison officer (FLO) role is a challenging one and is a far cry from how it is portrayed on TV series. Whilst being involved in the investigation of crimes/accidents, managing difficult situations, and being robust in their investigation, the FLO has to strike the balance with forming and maintaining relationships to support family members who may be in shock, disbelief, and grief and in an ongoing investigation. Kate and Lou are very experienced in working in this area of policing and share their insights, the challenges, and their perspectives.

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Episode 6: Protecting vulnerable people

DC Nat Holden, child protection officer

DC Lesley Prendergast, domestic abuse officer

Working in the protecting vulnerable people unit investigating crimes against children and young people is something that most people would probably want to avoid. In this conversation, we hear how Natalie and Les feel about the work they do, the impact on them, managing the balance of work and home, and keeping mentally well.

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Episode 7: In response

How does response policing impact on those who do the job, why is it important and what helps? In this episode, we are talking all things Response Policing with Sergeant Pete Musgrave of Humberside Police. Pete is also a Workplace Federation Representative.

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Episode 8: Working as a traffic officer

Join Alexis for these interesting and compelling perspectives, from PC Sean Hutchinson and PC Susan Scott, both traffic officers with Humberside Police. Sean and Susan are experienced officers who specialise in roads policing and see first hand the impact of accidents on individuals and on their families. Hear too, about their reasons for doing the job they do, the challenges and the successes.

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