The West Yorkshire Police Federation’s new welfare van aims to provide support, shelter and sustenance to officers working long hours on the frontline.
Its first deployment was at Elland Road Police Station in Leeds on 16 December last year.
Brian Booth, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “On a cold morning it was great to see officers taking advantage of a cooked sandwich, a bowl of porridge and freshly ground coffee.
“We aim to get around every district. This demonstrates our commitment to providing our beleaguered frontline colleagues with welfare support, sustenance and a chance to meet their local reps”.
Vice-Chairman Craig Grandison is also proud of the new addition to the West Yorkshire Force.
He said: “We want to provide a real benefit to the troops. It will also prove to be an invaluable asset to our District Reps when they can pick up the keys and turn out to support our front line colleagues at protracted incidents.
“Member engagement is really important to us in West Yorkshire and we hope The Thin Brew Line will assist in this.”
The specially converted Renault Master Panel Van will provide welcome shelter from the elements, with seating for two to three people in the back and an awning to provide cover, with hot food and drink available.
It’s nicknamed ‘The Thin Brew Line’, which aptly reflects the goodies on offer: a barista coffee machine, hot water supply for tea and other drinks, plus a microwave, fridge and a portable grill/hot plate powered by an external gas supply.
Craig added: “Sandwiches – with the option of bacon or sausage – are on the menu, including veggie and vegan options and other hot food.”
It was the brainchild of Guy King, General Secretary of West Yorkshire Police Federation, who first put the wheels in motion to provide this much-needed support to its members.
A collection point was also set up at Elland Road for PC Darren Triggs from Sussex Police who was recently left paralysed by a blood clot on his spine.
West Yorkshire Police Federation’s chosen charity for 2020 is the Police Treatment Centres, so there will also be a donation point on the van.
Date posted: January 14, 2020