Kent Police is working with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity to identify serving personnel, veterans and their families in custody…

Individuals can then refer themselves to the charity or a Kent Police officer or staff member can make the referral on their behalf.

They will then be able to gain access to practical, emotional and financial advice through SSAFA, which it is hoped will lessen their chances of coming into contact with the police again in the future.

This service is extended to anyone who is currently serving in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force (regulars and reserves) and their families.

SSAFA offers welfare advice and provides a range of personalised services, including housing and healthcare advice, prison in-reach and mentoring in addition to signposting to organisations that offer more specialised support.

Kent Police’s Chief Inspector Tim Cook said: “The vast majority of those who serve in the Armed Forces return to civilian life in Kent without a problem but we are aware this isn’t always the case.

“We want to ensure that we are able to direct service personnel and their families who are experiencing difficulties to the appropriate services to ensure they get the support they need.

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