March 2022 bulletin

Welcome to the brand-new monthly bulletin!

Each month, we’ll provide you with a bulletin embedded right here into the website, so information is easier and quicker to find, rather than buried in your email inbox.

This bulletin will detail all of the new information, events, and resources available to you from Oscar Kilo.

We’ll have a brief look back at the month gone and a look ahead to what’s coming up. We’ll still be sending our quarterly newsletter with a more general round up so if you’re already signed up for that – stay signed up!

What's live now

A new website!

Since we launched the original Oscar Kilo website back in 2016, our offer has continued to grow and change, and it was important to us to make sure that our online home and access point into the service grew with it.

We’ve done lots of work behind the scenes, speaking with many of our users to make sure that we developed a site that is more responsive, easier to navigate and ready for lots of new, exciting features now and in the future -  and here it is!

Everything you have come to know, and love will all still be there – just improved and hopefully easier to use.

  • We’ve created a new layout and search function so that you can access things more quickly and find what you need
  • We've refined and improved the look and feel of the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework and MindFit Cop
  • We’ve improved the wellbeing van booking system – so you can book a van for your force and access video tours and more information about all of our different vans
  • New events booking system – so you can register for workshops and events more easily
  • A live calendar of Oscar Kilo work so you can see what’s coming up and available for you to access

Learn more about the website


Oscar Kilo Awards: Deadline extended

Great news! Due to requests from forces for more time to get their entries in, we have extended the deadline date for the Oscar Kilo awards to 22nd April 2022.

If you are proud of a piece of work your force has done to improve wellbeing within your force, then why not consider entering the awards.

The award categories reflect the seven areas of the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework; creating the environment, leadership, absence management, mental health, personal resilience, occupational health, and protecting the workforce.

So, if your force has completed, or is working towards the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework, and has created a project or programme that is making a difference to your force, and is worthy of recognition, then let us know!

Read more about the awards


National police assaults data reporting app now available for all police forces

A brand-new app has been launched allowing police forces to record incidents of assault against officers and staff in a consistent way.

The roll out of this app is an integral part of the wider Operation Hampshire programme in the National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS), which is led by Oscar Kilo through the College of Policing.

Full details were released on the 17th March and you can read more about it using the button below.

Read more about the app


Better sleep toolkit

Our better sleep toolkit is still live and available for you to use and share with colleagues.

We have teamed up with the Sleep Scientist – Dr Sophie Bostock, to launch a brand new ‘Better Sleep Toolkit’ aimed at supporting police officers, staff and volunteers with fatigue and sleep problems.

The better sleep toolkit includes a four-week online course which aims to help you learn and practice the habits you need to wake up with more energy, be more productive and worry less.

Read more about the better sleep toolkit


A look forward – what’s coming up?

National wellbeing survey: The results

We had a fantastic response rate to our most recent national police wellbeing survey and we’ve been working hard with Durham University to analyse the results.

The final report is now being produced and we hope to release the results of this in May 2022.

We’ll be publishing this on the website when it’s ready and will provide another update in the next bulletin so keep your eyes peeled!

Read more about the national survey


Suicide prevention toolkit

In February, a suicide prevention consensus statement was agreed by the National Police Wellbeing Service, the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC), College of Policing (CoP), Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), Home Office, Unison, Police Federation and Police Superintendents Association.

Now that the statement is agreed and published, we have funded and commissioned a toolkit working closely with the Samaritans given their expertise in this area. The toolkit will be made available in the coming weeks and we’ll be making it available on this website.

Read more about the statement